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Bloomington marker commemorates era of racial segregation

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Speakers at the dedication ceremony included Quincy Cummings,...

Bloomington marker commemorates era of racial segregation

Bloomington marker commemorates era of racial segregation

Speakers at the dedication ceremony included Quincy Cummings, president of the Bloomington-Normal NAACP.
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A random, day-to-day look at Illinois history for November and...

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Not all wore helmets

Not all wore helmets

Illinois State University's World War I Service Collection includes...

Not all wore helmets

Not all wore helmets

Illinois State University's World War I Service Collection includes all sorts of gems, including this postcard of Napoleon's tomb, received by ISNU Librarian Angeline Vernon Milner from former student...

 

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12/19/1834

Jasper County's 1831 formation is approved. The county is named for a Revolutionary War hero Sergeant Jasper, who served in South Carolina and Georgia under General William Moultrie. Jasper and fellow soldier Sergeant Newton became the named heroes of an embellished story told by Parson Mason Weems in The Life of Francis Marion. Many Midwestern place names recognize the feats related by Weems in his work.

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Volume 109 - Number 1 - Spring 2016

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Volume 109 - Number 1 - Spring 2016

Articles

“How Newness Enters the World”: Cultural Creolization in Swedish-American Hymnals Published at Augustana College, 1901-1925
 - By Peter Ellertsen

Sacrificing for a “Just Cause”:
The World War I Memoir of Edward F. Paule, U.S. Engineers
 - By
Jeffrey L. Patrick

Moral Imperatives and Political Realities:
Edward Marciniak and the Fight to End Chicago’s Dual Housing Market
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By Charles Shanabruch

Book Reviews

St. Louis Rising: The French Regime of Louis St. Ange de Bellerive. By Carl J. Ekberg and Sharon K. Person.

Reviewed by: Michael C. Batinski

 

American Crucifixion: The Murder of Joseph Smith and the Fate of the Mormon Church. By Alex Beam.

Reviewed by: Danny Aaron Russell

 

Nauvoo and Hancock County, Illinois: A Guide to Family History and Historical Sources. By Kip Sperry.

Reviewed by: Brady G. Winslow

 

American Vandal: Mark Twain Abroad.<b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"> By Roy Morris, Jr.

Reviewed by: Joy Schulz

 

Midwest Maize: How Corn Shaped the U.S. Heartland. By Cynthia Clampitt.

Reviewed by: Wayne Ratzlaff

 

Crack of the Bat: A History of Baseball on the Radio. By James R. Walker.

Reviewed by: John E. Miller

 

Indian Spectacle: College Mascots and the Anxiety of Modern America. By Jennifer Guiliano.

Reviewed by: Kelli Y. Nakamura

 

“Dear Mrs. Griggs”: Women Readers Pour Out Their Hearts from the Heartland. By Genevieve McBride and Stephen Byers.

Reviewed by: Elizabeth Green

 

Corrupt Illinois: Patronage, Cronyism, and Criminality. By Thomas J. Gradel and Dick Simpson.

Reviewed by: Judy Stafstrom

 

Bird: The Life and Music of Charlie Parker. By Chuck Haddix.

Reviewed by: Steve Shanley

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