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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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A random, day-to-day look at Illinois history for November and December 2018.
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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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12/18/1896

Austin High School and Oak Park girls basketball teams meet in the first interscholastic basketball contest in Illinois. Basketball in Illinois was first popular as a girls sport and they did not play with rules modified for girls. This would eventually lead to their undoing, forcing them out of the sport in 1910.

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Volume 110 - Number 1 - Spring 2017

Volume 110 - Number 1 - Spring 2017

Articles


“Names and Appearances are often Indeterminate:”
Quandaries over Identifying Jews in Chicago, 1953–1961
Kelly King-O’brien

“Behind the Suburban Curtain:” The Campaign
for Open Occupancy in Naperville
Ann Durkin Keating 

“The Dwindling Legacy that Is Food for Mice and Flames:”
Discovery and Preservation of Illinois Historic Newspapers
through the Illinois Digital Newspaper Project, 2009–2015
Marek Sroka and Tracy Nectoux 

Book Reviews



Empire by Collaboration: Indians, Colonists, and Governments
in Colonial Illinois Country
. By Robert Michael Morrissey.
Reviewed by Michael C. Beatniks

Prairie Justice: A History of Illinois Courts under French,
English, and American Law
. By Roger L. Severns.
Edited by John A. Lupton.
Reviewed by Jerome B. Meites 

The National Joker: Abraham Lincoln and the Politics
of Satire
. By Todd Nathan Thompson.
Reviewed by William Furry

Abraham Lincoln, the Quakers, and the Civil War:
“A Trial of Principle and Faith.”
By Robert M. Marovich.
Reviewed by William R. White

Lincoln’s Generals’ Wives: Four Women Who Influenced
the Civil War—for Better or Worse.
By Candice Shy Hooper.
Reviewed by Patricia Ann Owens

For Slavery and Union: Benjamin Buckner and Kentucky Loyalties
in the Civil War.
By Patrick A. Lewis.
Reviewed by Wesley Moody

Union Made: Working People and the Rise
of Social Christianity in Chicago.
By Heath W. Carter.
Reviewed by T.R. Noddings

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

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








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