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  • 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 and his commitment... 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 grounds... more...

  • Growing Up in a Land Called Egyptby Cleo Caraway

    Southern Illinois University Press 2009; US$ 22.95

    In Growing Up in a Land Called Egypt: A Southern Illinois Family Biography ,author Cleo Caraway fondly recalls how she and her siblings came of age on the family farm in the 1930s and 1940s. Like many others, the Caraways were affected by the economic hardships of the Great Depression, but Cleo?s parents strived to shelter her and her six siblings... more...

  • 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 the... 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 narrative... 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, a person, an event, a custom. ... 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, and even notorious... more...

  • The State of Southern Illinoisby Herbert K. Russell

    Southern Illinois University Press 2012; US$ 39.95

    In The State of Southern Illinois: An Illustrated History , Herbert K. Russell offers fresh interpretations of a number of important aspects of Southern Illinois history. Focusing on the area known as ?Egypt,? the region  south of U.S. Route 50 from Salem south to Cairo, he begins his book with the earliest geologic formations and  follows... more...

  • Packing Them Inby Sylvia Hood Washington

    Lexington Books 2004; US$ 34.99

    Sylvia Hood Washington's Packing Them In is an intriguing overview of the intersection of race, ethnicity, and environmentalism. The book confronts orthodox views about environmental justice and environmental racism, calling upon all of us to take adeeper, more historically informed look at an important contemporary subject.... more...