Environment and climate
Designed as a bucolic working-class suburb of St. Louis, the nearly all-black town of Centreville now floods with raw sewage every time it rains. “Bring us back some help,” residents say, living through an environmental horror that evokes centuries of official disinterest in black suffering, as well as a future in which the poor are left to suffer in areas made uninhabitable by climate change.
The completion of the first transcontinental railroad 150 years ago is remembered as an iconic moment in the history of U.S. westward expansion. But there are other ways to understand the railroad’s significance, and its sharp resonance for our times.
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