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Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society

The Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society, established in 1908, is the scholarly publication of the Illinois State Historical Society. The peer-reviewed Journal welcomes articles, essays, and documents about history, literature, art technology, law, and other subjects related to Illinois and the Midwest.

The Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society is published quarterly and is available to everyone for purchase, discounts are included for members of the Illinois State Historical Society. Visit our Membership section for membership options and information.

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Volume 109 – Number 4 – Winter 2016

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The Winter 2016 volume features three essays that engage histories of race, gender, and the Chicago artworld respectively. In "Days of Jubilee: Emancipation Day Celebrations in Chicago, 1853-1877," Amber Bailey documents the rich history of black activism in celebration of emancipation. In "Illumination or Illusion: Women Inventors at the 1893 World's Columbian Fair," Denise E. Pilato examines how the work of women inventors was "promoted, judged, and valued." And finally, in "From Peer to Obscurity: Julius Moessel and the Fall of an Artistic Reputation," Mark Alvey examines the career of German-born Chicago painter Julius Moessel to raise broader questions about how artistic cannons are made and who gets included in them.

Volume 108 - Number 1 - Spring 2015

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The present issue of the Journal takes us from the colorful din of the 1893 Chicago World's Fair to the bucolic downstate coal belt.

In "Types and Beauties: Evaluating the Exoticizing Women on the Midway Plaissand at the 1893 Columbian Exposition," Rachel Boyle traces the intersection of racial and gendered discourses in the representations of forgeign women published in suvenior books commemorating the World' Fair.

Lisa Cushing provides a fascinating article, "Hedgemony and Resistance at the World's Columbian Exposition: Simon Pokagon and The Red Man's Rebuke" situates a key moment at the Exposition - Chicago Day - in the ironic and often tragic history of ninteenth-century United State Indian policy. Which is a story of the city's birth and subsequent rise.

In "Strip Coal Mining and Reclamation in Fulton County, Illinois: An Environmental History", Greg Hall shifts the study of twentieth-century Illinois coal mining into the growing field of environmental history. Pushing beyond categories employed by social, economic and labor historians, Hall uses Fulton County as a case study in what an envonmental history of Illinois coal mining might look like.
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