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Ferguson unrest reflects decades of racial tension in St. Louis area
Ferguson unrest reflects decades of racial tension in St. Louis area

The roots of the racial unrest that has racked Ferguson, Mo., this week go back more than a century in a region that has had one foot planted in the Midwest and another in the South, historians and sociologists say. "The St. Louis metropolitan area has been an extreme example of racial segregation for 100 years," said Clarissa Hayward, an associate professor of political science at Washington University in St. Louis. "St. Louis is the beginning of the West, the nexus of the Midwest and at the border of the South." The practices and politics of St. Louis created the problems that underlie the tension that boiled out in Ferguson this week, Hayward said. ...

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