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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

11/22/1911

Alfred Tennyson Dickens, son of Charles Dickens, visits East St. Louis, Belleville and Lebanon, stopping at the "Looking Glass Prairie," which his father had visited in 1842.

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Since 1934, the Illinois State Historical Society has erected more than 500 historical markers statewide. Subjects of historical significance to Illinois are co-sponsored by local organizations and supporters. The Illinois State Historical Society coordinates the placement and management of historical markers throughout the state.

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Volume 109 – Number 4 – Winter 2016

  • 12 February 2017
  • Author: Mark Hubbard
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Volume 109 – Number 4 – Winter 2016

Articles


In "Days of Jubilee: Emancipation Day Celebrations in Chicago, 1853-1877," Amber Bailey documents the rich history of black activism in celebration of emancipation. Bailey makes clear that Emancipation Day celebrations constituted a vibrant civic tradition that galvanized community bonds, forged a shared identity based on the history of race and slavery in America, and provided one context for asserting the prerogatives of freedom in public life.

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." Pilato finds that prevailing ideas about women and domesticity limited the cultural and professional terrain available to these women inventors.

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.

Book Reviews


James F. Jaquess: Scholar, Soldier, and Private Agent for President Lincoln. By Patricia B. Burnette.
Reviewed By: T.J. Vaughan

Lens of War: Exploring Iconic Photographs of the Civil War. Edited by Matthew Gallman and Gary Gallagher.
Reviewed By: Samuel Blackwell

A Black Gambler's World of Liquor, Vice, and Presidential Politics: William Thomas Scott of Illinois, 1839-1917. By Bruce L. Mouser.
Reviewed By: Bryan M. Jack

The Life and Death of Gus Reed: A Story of Race and Justice in Illinois during the Civil War and Reconstruction. By Thomas Bahde.
Reviewed By: John R. McKivigan

Sensing Chicago: Noisemakers, Strikebreakers, and Muckrakers. By Adam Mack.
Reviewed By: Ann Durkin Keating

South Side Girls: Growing Up in the Great Migration
. By Marcia Chatelain.
Reviewed By: Shirley J. Portwood

The University of Chicago: A History. By John W. Boyer.
Reviewed By: David W. Scott

A City Called Heaven: Chicago and the Birth of Gospel Music. By Robert M. Marovich.
Reviewed By: Robert Pruther

Reagan's Legacy in a World Transformed. Edited by Jeffrey L. Chidester and Paul Kengor.
Reviewed By: Anthony O. Edmonds

Obama at War: Congress and the Imperial Presidency. By Ryan C. Hendrickson.
Reviewed By: Paul R. Edleman
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