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  • Looking Backwardby Walter Roth

    Chicago Review Press 2005; US$ 13.99

    The history of Jews in Chicago is a fascinating, complex and largely unknown story. Thanks to the unstinting efforts of Walter Roth, much of this history has been preserved. Now, for the first time, this material has been distilled into a single volume, chronicling events and people from the late nineteenth century to the end of World War II. There... more...

  • Packing Them Inby Sylvia Hood Washington

    Lexington Books 2004; US$ 34.99

    This important new book by Sylvia Washington adds a vital new dimension to our understanding of environmental history in the United States. Washington excavates and tells the stories of Chicago's poor, working class, and ethnic minority neighborhoods?such as Back of the Yards and Bronzeville?that suffered disproportionately negative environmental impacts... more...

  • Fabulous Chicagoby Emmett Dedmon

    Garrett County Press 2012; US$ 6.99

    Here is the best-selling history of an American city like no other -- and of the vibrant people who built it. The Yankees who came west to gamble fortunes on the Board of Trade, the Swifts and Amours, Fields and McCormicks, and the new immigrants who worked in their stockyards, stores and railroads -- together and at odds they built Chicago out of... more...

  • From the Bullet to the Ballotby Jakobi Williams

    The University of North Carolina Press 2013; US$ 29.99

    From the Bullet to the Ballot: The Illinois Chapter of the Black Panther Party and Racial Coalition Politics in Chicago 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... 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... 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 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... 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...