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  • It Happened in Southern Illinoisby John W. Allen

    Southern Illinois University Press 2010; US$ 24.95

    In this collection of articles describing the people, places, and folkways of southern Illinois, John W. Allen provides entertaining and informative glimpses into the region’s past. Included here are sketches of the early pioneering days when wolves were literally chased from the door, stories about the many Indian artifacts discovered among... more...

  • Land of Big Riversby M. J. Morgan

    Southern Illinois University Press 2010; US$ 26.50

    Drawing on research from a variety of academic fields, such as archaeology, history, botany, ecology, and physical science, M. J. Morgan explores the intersection of people and the environment in early eighteenth-century Illinois Country—a stretch of fecund, alluvial river plain along the Mississippi river. Arguing against the traditional... more...

  • Legends and Lore of Southern Illinoisby John W. Allen

    Southern Illinois University Press 2010; US$ 24.95

    In the 1950s and ‘60s, John W. Allen told the people of southern Illinois about themselves—about their region, its history, and its folkways—in his series of newspaper articles, “It Happened in Southern Illinois.” Each installment of the series depicted a single item of interest—a town, a building, an enterprise,... more...

  • The Mayorsby Paul M. Green; Melvin G. Holli

    Southern Illinois University Press 2013; US$ 39.50

     Originally released in 1987, The Mayors: The Chicago Political Tradition gathered some of the finest minds in political thought to provide shrewd analysis of Chicago’s mayors and their administrations. Twenty-five years later, this fourth edition continues to illuminate the careers of some of Chicago’s most respected, forceful,... more...

  • A History of the City of Cairo, Illinoisby John M. Lansden; Clyde C Walton

    Southern Illinois University Press 2009; US$ 28.00

    Long out of print and much sought after by collectors, Lansden?s classic 1910 his­tory of Cairo remains valuable for the early history of the city. Its reprinting here, with a new Foreword by Clyde C. Walton, former Illinois State Historian, thus makes available again one of the finest examples of local history ever written, stressing as it... more...

  • Chicago's Greatest Year, 1893by Joseph Gustaitis

    Southern Illinois University Press 2013; US$ 29.95

    In 1893, the 27.5 million visitors to the Chicago World’s Fair feasted their eyes on the impressive architecture of the White City, lit at night by thousands of electric lights. In addition to marveling at the revolutionary exhibits, most visitors discovered something else: beyond the fair’s 633 acres lay a modern metropolis that rivaled... more...

  • Crusade Against Slaveryby Kurt E. Leichtle; Bruce Carveth

    Southern Illinois University Press 2011; US$ 34.95

    Edward Coles was a wealthy heir to a central Virginia plantation, an ardent emancipator, the second governor of Illinois, the loyal personal secretary to President James Madison, and a close antislavery associate of Thomas Jefferson. Yet never before has a full-length book detailed his remarkable life story and his role in the struggle to free all... more...

  • From Slave to State Legislatorby David A Joens

    Southern Illinois University Press 2012; US$ 34.95

    As the first African American elected to the Illinois general assembly, John W. E. Thomas was the recognized leader of the state’s African American community for nearly twenty years and laid the groundwork for the success of future black leaders in Chicago politics. Despite his key role in the passage of Illinois’ first civil rights act... more...

  • Giant City State Park and the Civilian Conservation Corpsby Kay Rippelmeyer

    Southern Illinois University Press 2010; US$ 19.95

    Many recognize Giant City State Park as one of the premier recreation spots in southern Illinois, with its unspoiled forests, glorious rock formations, and famous sandstone lodge. But few know the park?s history or are aware of the remarkable men who struggled to build it. Giant City State Park and the Civilian Conservation Corps: A History in... more...

  • Grant Parkby Dennis H Cremin

    Southern Illinois University Press 2013; US$ 34.95

    On November 4, 2008, when president-elect Barack Obama celebrated his victory with more than one hundred thousand supporters in Chicago, everyone knew where to meet. Long considered the showplace and cultural center of Chicago, Grant Park has been the site of tragedy and tension, as well success and joy. In addition to serving as the staging... more...