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  • The Life and Death of Gus Reedby Thomas Bahde

    Ohio University Press 2014; US$ 23.99

    Gus Reed was a freed slave who traveled north as Sherman?s March was sweeping through Georgia in 1864. His journey ended in Springfield, Illinois, a city undergoing fundamental changes as its white citizens struggled to understand the political, legal, and cultural consequences of emancipation and black citizenship. Reed became known as a petty thief,... more...

  • Civil War Chicagoby Theodore J. Karamanski; Eileen M. McMahon

    Ohio University Press 2014; US$ 23.99

    The American Civil War was a crucial event in the development of Chicago as the metropolis of the heartland. Not only did Chicagoans play an important role in the politics of the conflict, encouraging emancipation and promoting a ?hard war? policy against Southern civilians, but they supported the troops materially through production of military supplies... more...

  • Freedom's Ballotby Margaret Garb

    University of Chicago Press 2014; US$ 50.00

    In the spring of 1915, Chicagoans elected the city?s first black alderman, Oscar De Priest. In a city where African Americans made up less than five percent of the voting population, and in a nation that dismissed and denied black political participation, De Priest?s victory was astonishing. It did not, however, surprise the unruly group of black... more...

  • Crucibles of Black Empowermentby Jeffrey Helgeson

    University of Chicago Press 2014; US$ 45.00

    The term ?community organizer? was deployed repeatedly against Barack Obama during the 2008 presidential campaign as a way to paint him as an inexperienced politician unfit for the presidency. The implication was that the job of a community organizer wasn?t a serious one, and that it certainly wasn?t on the list of credentials needed for a presidential résumé. In... more...

  • Mexican Hometown Associations in Chicagoacánby Xóchitl Bada

    Rutgers University Press 2014; US$ 26.95

     In this groundbreaking new book, Mexican Hometown Associations in Chicagoacán , Xóchitl Bada reveals how Mexican hometown associations, groups consisting of immigrants from the same small towns, have become a surprisingly powerful force for mobilizing social change in both the United States and Mexico. By giving voice to the members of a group of... more...

  • Top 10 Chicagoby Elisa Kronish; Elaine Glusac

    DK Publishing 2014; US$ 14.00

    Whether you're looking for the the loveliest parks and beaches on Lake Michigan, the liveliest jazz and blues joints, or hottest restaurants, DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Top 10 Chicago will lead you straight to the very best this city has to offer. The fully updated guide is divided by area with restaurant reviews for each, as well as recommendations... more...

  • The Mafia Courtby John Russell Hughes

    Trine Day 2014; US$ 9.99

    This rigorous examination of the court system is presented from a practical, citizen-based perspective and fueled by the firsthand anecdotes shared with the author by a member of the Mafia in Chicago. Touching upon the history of mob influence, including the dealings of infamous Al Capone, the book asserts both the positives and negatives of organized... more...

  • History as They Lived Itby Margaret Kimball Brown; Carl J. Ekberg

    Southern Illinois University Press 2013; US$ 24.50

    “His­tory as They Lived It deserves to be placed within the rich context of Illinois Country historiography going back more than a century. . . . It brings together the fully ripened thoughts of a mature scholar at the very moment that students of the Illinois Country need such a book.”—from the foreword by Carl J. Ekberg Settled... more...

  • The WPA Guide to Illinoisby Federal Writers' Project

    Trinity University Press 2013; US$ 7.99

    During the 1930s in the United States, the Works Progress Administration developed the Federal Writers? Project to support writers and artists while making a national effort to document the country?s shared history and culture. The American Guide series consists of individual guides to each of the states. Little-known authors—many of whom would later... more...

  • The Archaeology of Carrier Millsby Richard W. Jefferies

    Southern Illinois University Press 2013; US$ 25.00

    Archaeological sites throughout southern Illinois provide a chronicle of the varying ways people have lived in that area during the past 10,000 years. This book focuses on the results of a five-year archaeological investigation in a 143-acre area known as the Carrier Mills Archaeo­logical District. This area, rich in archaeological treasures,... more...