US Nursing: Missouri
US nurses will see that Missouri was founded 1812. Communications generally but especially the advent of the steamboat greatly increased traffic and trade on the Mississippi. Increasing numbers arrived to take advantage these economic advantages. Some of them introduced slavery into the territory but this practice was not widespread in the state.
Nurses will read that a new Missouri essentially developed consequent to the civil war. Railroads brought the decline of many of Missouri’s river towns and tied the state more closely to the East and North. Predictably urbanization and industrialization accelerated, and the Louisiana Purchase Exposition, held at St. Louis in 1904, consolidated Missouri’s economic growth.
US nurses will notice that World War I saw general prosperity prevailed in the state. However the depression years of the 1930s sent farm values crashing, and many rural banks folded. Prosperity returned during World War II, when both St. Louis and Kansas City served as vital transportation centers, and industrialization increased enormously. In the postwar period, Missouri became the second largest producer (of automobiles in the nation