Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society

Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society is an academic journal focusing on the Illinois State Historical Society

Articles from Vol. 95, No. 4, Winter

Baseball's Natural: The Story of Eddie Waitkus
Baseball's Natural: The Story of Eddie Waitkus. By John Theodore (Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 2002. Pp. xxxiv, 136. Cloth, $25.00).John Theodore has written an interesting biographical essay about former major league baseball player...
Black Newspapers & America's War for Democracy, 1914-1920
Black Newspapers & America's War for Democracy, 1914-1920. By William G. Jordan (Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 2001. Pp. 225. Cloth, $39.95, paper $18.95).William G. Jordan has completed a long awaited task. This synthesis...
Buckeye's Laments: Two Early Insider Exposes of Mormon Polygamy and Their Authorship
On Wednesday, 7 February 1844, the Whig-friendly Warsaw Message published on the front page of its last issue a satirical poem critical of Mormon prophet Joseph Smith, entitled "BUCKEYE'S LAMENTATION for want of more wives." Operating on the western...
Chicago Maritime: An Illustrated History
Chicago Maritime: An Illustrated History. By David M. Young (DeKalb: Northern Illinois University Press, 2001. Pp. ix, 248. Illustrations, maps, tables, index. Cloth, $39.95).The title of this book is slightly misleading. David Young's Chicago Maritime:...
Dear Editor: A History of Poetry in Letters - the First Fifty Years, 1912-1962
Dear Editor: A History of Poetry in Letters - The First Fifty Years, 1912-1962. Compiled and Edited by Joseph Parisi and Stephen Young (New York: W. W. Norton, 2002. Pp. xix, 474. Illustrations, index. Cloth, $39.95).Despite the well-intentioned efforts...
Eight Months in Illinois: With Information to Immigrants / Old Times on the Upper Mississippi: Recollections of a Steamboat Pilot from 1854 to 1863 / A -Rafting on the Mississip'
Eight Months in Illinois: With Information to Immigrants. By William Oliver, with foreword by James E. Davis (Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 2002; first published 1843. Pp. 260. Paper, $15.00).Old Times on the Upper Mississippi: Recollections...
"How to Grow a Thousand Dollar Band": History of the Joliet Grade School Band, 1913-1927
The ideals leading to the formation of school bands in the United States during the first decades of the twentieth century were both practical and philosophical. From a practical standpoint, bands were more suitable than the already established school...
John Peter Altgeld, the Eagle Remembered
John Peter Altgeld, the Eagle Remembered. By Northern Illinois University Media Services and Department of Communication (DeKalb: Northern Illinois University Press, 2001. 59 minutes).Few other Illinois personalities were as closely identified with the...
The Lincoln Memorial & American Life
The Lincoln Memorial & American Life. By Christopher Thomas (Princeton and Oxford: Princeton University Press, 2002. Pp. xxxii, 236. Illustrations, notes, bibliography, index. Cloth, $35.00).Rare is the visitor who remains unmoved by the Lincoln...
The Lynching of Robert Prager, the United Mine Workers, and the Problems of Patriotism in 1918
There is no mystery about how Robert Paul Prager died in the spring of 1918, and not much doubt about who was responsible. Prager was hanged from a tree, and a man named Joe Riegel confessed that he led the mob that did it, although he later retracted...