Thursday, May 16, 2013

The Gateway Arch: A Biography

Dr. Tracy Campbell, UK History Professor and Co-Director of the UK Libraries Wendell H. Ford Public Policy Research Center recently completed his fourth book, The Gateway Arch: A Biography.  Published by the Yale University Press in their Icons of America Series, the book explores the colorful history of an American landmark.

“Tracy Campbell removes the luster from one of the nation’s most admired and visited historical landmarks in this expose of raw politics, profiteering, inflated egos, racism, and fraud.  His surprising story compels us to think carefully about what is gained and lost when urban places are remade t o commemorate the past.” Andrew Hurley, author of Beyond Preservation:  Using Public History to Revitalize Inner Cities

Dr. Campbell specializes in twentieth century United States political and 
social history.  He has written three previous books: The Politics of Despair:
Power and Resistance in the Tobacco Wars (Kentucky, 1993); Short
of the Glory: The Fall and Redemption of Edward F. Prichard, Jr..
(Kentucky, 1998), which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize; and Deliver the Vote: A History of Election Fraud, an American Political Tradition,  1742-2004 (Basic Books, 2005). 

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