Ethnic St. Louis

Ethnic St. Louis by Elizabeth Terry, John Wright, and Patrick McCarthy

Ethnic St. Louis book cover


About the Book

Ethnic St. Louis highlights the many communities that make St. Louis a vibrant, multiethnic city. Their stories--accompanied by rare photographs--fill Ethnic St. Louis, which presents a rich tapestry of the people and cultures that have enriched the Gateway City throughout its history. The book takes us through the colonization by French traders, the influx of Irish and German immigrants searching for land and religious freedom, the migration of African Americans looking for work in the early twentieth century, the more recent arrivals of Vietnamese and Bosnian immigrants, and journeys of many more who have shaped St. Louis history and daily life. A one-of-a-kind compendium, Ethnic St. Louis demonstrates the importance of diverse communities to the city's rich past, complex current identity, and interconnected future.


Purchasing Information

List price: $35.00. Available at the library's front desk and via Webster's secure online site.


To order via mail within the United States, send a check made out to Webster University for $40.00 ($35.00 + $5 shipping) per copy to:


Webster University Press
c/o Webster University Library
470 East Lockwood Avenue
Saint Louis, Missouri 63119-3194


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About the Authors

Elizabeth Terry, author of Oysters to Angus: Three Generations of the St. Louis Faust Family, has a master's degree in public history from James Madison University in Virginia. She manages a diverse range of projects through her historical research company, and directs an archives for a St. Louis church.


John A. Wright is a native of St. Louis, and holds a PhD from St. Louis University. Dr. Wright has had a long and distinguished career as a St. Louis academic leader and is an active member of the community, serving on numerous boards (e.g., the St. Louis World Trade Center and the Regional Arts Commission). He is the author of thirteen books about regional history, including Extraordinary Black Missourians (2013, Reedy Press).


Patrick McCarthy has worked with the large Bosnian community in St. Louis for the past twenty years. He is co-author of After the Fall: Srebrenica Survivors in St. Louis. McCarthy is associate dean of libraries at St. Louis University.