J. Mark Souther with Believing in Cleveland (Nov 4)
Cleveland author J. Mark Souther will be at The Learned Owl Book Shop on Saturday, November 4th, from 1 to 3 p.m., with his book "Believing in Cleveland". The book recounts the long, difficult history of a city that entered the postwar period as America's sixth largest, then lost ground during a period of robust national growth. But rather than tell a tale of decline, Souther provides a fascinating story of resilience for what some folks called "The Best Location in the Nation".
Detractors have called it "The Mistake on the Lake", but it American's "Comeback City", and Souther writes that Cleveland has long sought to defeat its perceived civic malaise. His book chronicles how city leaders used imagery and rhetoric to combat and, at times, accomodate urban and economic decline.
The author explores Cleveland's downtown revitalization efforts, its neighborhood renewal and restoration projects, and its fight against deindustrialization. He places the city's history in the postwar context when the city and metropolitan area were divided by uneven growth.
Souther is a historian based in Cleveland Heights and Professor of History and Director of the Center for Public History + Digital Humanities at Cleveland State University, where he teaches courses on 20th century U.S. , public, and urban history.
For more information about this and other events call 330-653-2252.