Douglas J. Flowe

Douglas J. Flowe is an associate professor of history at Washington University in St. Louis and author of the book Uncontrollable Blackness: African American Men and Criminality in Jim Crow New York (2020, University of North Carolina Press).

Posts by Douglas J. Flowe

Love Bank Park and Gentrification on Cherokee Street

St. Louis’s urban crisis happened along deeply divided lines of race and class, and so is its economic and spatial reinvigoration happening along those same lines. In many ways, the Cherokee Street district, the neighborhoods surrounding it, and Love Bank Park are unique urban arenas that reveal the pains of growth and decline in St. Louis, but they are also situated at the typical boundaries one might find in American cities of the twenty-first century.

Between Optimism & Diligence

I am also hoping the long hot summer of 2020 will foster a new understanding of the fact that crime is systemic, it is not simply individual, and that deep systemic solutions are required to handle all social problems.

Whiteness and its Age of Discontents

White Trash: the 400-Year Untold History of Class in America is laced from beginning to end with a persistent and urgent consciousness of topical debates about race and politics, and a sensitivity to the ideals, desires, and fears of “lubbers,” “clay-eaters” and “crackers.”