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Along the highways and byways of our State

Along the highways and byways of...

Chicory and Queen Anne's Lace mirror the colors of the late summer sky...

Along the highways and byways of our State

Along the highways and byways of our State

Chicory and Queen Anne's Lace mirror the colors of the late summer sky along Prairie State highways.  (photo by William Furry)
Open for Bicentennial visitors

Open for Bicentennial visitors

Located at the corner of West Main and Combs Streets, D. D. Collins...

Open for Bicentennial visitors

Open for Bicentennial visitors

Located at the corner of West Main and Combs Streets, D. D. Collins built this home as a wedding present for his bride, Elizabeth Anderson.  He served as first President of the Village Board for...
A visit to the Lower Illinois River Valley

A visit to the Lower Illinois River...

Barge traffic on the Mississippi River still navigates the Father of...

A visit to the Lower Illinois River Valley

A visit to the Lower Illinois River Valley

Barge traffic on the Mississippi River still navigates the Father of Waters, giving pause to travelers along its Illinois banks.  (photo by Mark Flotow)

 

Today in history

10/22/1872

Anna's incorporation as a city in Union County is recorded. It was first incorporated February 16, 1865. When the town was laid out in 1853, it was one of many Illinois towns along the Illinois Central Railroad. The site was owned by Winston Davie, cou

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Volume 110 - Number 2 - Summer 2017

  • 18 September 2017
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Volume 110 - Number 2 - Summer 2017
VOLUME 110 NO. 2 OF THE JOURNAL opens with three studies that about events that dramatically shaped the state’s nearly two hundred year history. In Pocahontas, Uleleh, and Hononegah: The Archetype of the American Indian Princess, Dan Blumlo explores the trope of the Indian Princess– who intervenes at a crucial moment to save a white man from certain death at the hands of savage Indians– evolved and became central to nineteenth and twentieth century conceptions of American nationalism. In Jim Crow Comes to Central Illinois: Racial Segregation in the twentieth Century Bloomington-Normal, Mark Wyman and John W. Muirhead review the persistence of racial segregation in Illinois and the struggles of blacks and sympathetic whites to combat it. In our final article, The Decline of Decatur, longtime Illinois historian Roger Biles presents a timely account of what we today call globalization, and why its history matters so much to residents of countless Rustbelt cities like Decatur.

Articles 

"Pocahontas, Uleleh, and Hononegah: The Archetype of the American Indian Princess"
Dan Blumlo

"Jim Crow Comes to Central Illinois: Racial Segregation in the twentieth Century Bloomington-Normal"
Mark Wyman and John W. Muirhead

"The Decline of Decatur"
Roger Biles

Review Essay

"Illinois Railroads"
H. Roger Grant

Book Reviews

Fostering on the Farm:  Child Placement in the Rural Midwest. by Megan Birk
Reviewed by Wayne Ratzlaff

Uncle Sam's Policemen:  The Pursuit of Fugitives Across Borders. by Katherine Unterman
Reviewed by Joy Schultz

Farmers Helping Farmers:  The Risee of the Farm and Home Bureau, 1914 - 1935. By Nancy K. Berlage
Reviewed by Cate Liabraaten 

The Land of Milk and Uncle Honey:  Memories from the Farm of My Youth. By Alan Guebert with Mary Grace Foxwell
Reviewed by Greg Hall

Torn in Two:  The Sinking of the Daniel J. Morrell and One Man's Survival on the Open Sea.  By Michael Schumacher
Reviewed by Tiffany C. Smythe

Manhood on the Line:  Working Class Masculinities in the American Heartland.  By Stephen Meyer
Reviewed by Bucky Halker

Friends Disappear:  The Battle for Racial Equality in Evanston.  By Mary Barr
Reviewed by Thomas Gubbels

The Last Project Standing:  Civics and Sympathy in Post-Welfare Chicago.
By Catherine Fennell
Reviewed by Micah Salkind

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