Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society

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Articles from Vol. 93, No. 2, Summer

American Mobbing 1828-1861: Toward the Civil War
American Mobbing 1828-1861: Toward the Civil War. By David Grimsted. (New York: Oxford University Press. 372 pp., $65.) David Grimsted is perhaps best known for his early contributions to the history of American theater during the Antebellum period....
America's Original G.I. Town
America's Original G.L Town. By Gregory C. Randall (Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2000. Pp. 236, Ils., cloth, $42.50) Greg Randall, himself a professional landscape architect and planner, has written this book as a history of the planning...
Banners to the Breeze: The Kentucky Campaign, Corinth, and Stones River
Banners to the Breeze: The Kentucky Campaign, Corinth, and Stones River. By Earl J. Hess. (The University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln and London, 2000. pp. 252. $32.00) Civil War military operations between the Mississippi River and the Appalachian Mountains...
Bloody Promenade: Reflections on a Civil War Battle
Bloody Promenade: Reflections on a Civil War Battle. By Stephen Cushman (Charlottesville and London: University Press of Virginia, 1999). Pp. Xiv, 295. Illustrations, maps, index. Cloth, $29.95. As a Civil War historian myself, I read a lot of books...
Dutch: A Memoir of Ronald Reagan
Dutch: A Memoir of Ronald Reagan. By Edmund Morris. (New York: Random House, 1999. Pp. xx, 874. $35.00) Well into The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt (1979), Edmund Morris paused to appraise TR's early book about The Naval War of 1812: "Its merits are as...
French Imperial Remnants on the Middle Ground: The Strange Case of August De la Balme and Charles Beaubien
Colonel August de la Balme witnessed intense anger among the French Creoles of the Illinois country in 1780. Threatened physically by the British, Americans, and the Native Americans warring with one another, the French stood isolated, without military...
Joseph Jefferson's Lincoln: Vindication of an Autobiographical Legend
In the years following Abraham Lincoln's assassination and rapid enshrinement in the American pantheon, countless people came forth with their "Lincoln moment." Stories of an encounter with the early Lincoln bestowed a special cachet, as if one had rubbed...
Major General John Alexander McClernand: Politician in Uniform
Major General John Alexander McClernand: Politician in Uniform. By Richard L. Kiper. (Kent, Ohio: The Kent State University Press, 1999. Pp. Xii, 386. Illustrations, maps, index. $35.00) During the Civil War President Abraham Lincoln found it necessary...
Post Offices in Northern Illinois, 1837
In 1814, the U.S. Congress approved legislation requiring the extension of mail service to the seat of local government in all existing counties in the several states and to new seats of government whenever new counties were established. The law assured...
Review Essay: The Constitution According to Abraham Lincoln
Abraham Lincoln: A Constitutional Biography. By George Anastaplo. (Lanham, Maryland: Bowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., 1999. Pp. x, 373. $35.00 cloth.) It might be well to begin any constitutional biography of Abraham Lincoln in 1835, on the...
Spreading the News: The American Postal System from Franklin to Morse
Spreading the News: The American Postal System from Franklin to Morse, by Richard R. John, (Harvard University Press, 1995, 369 pp. Works cited, index; $51.95 hardbound; $18.95 softbound.) One might gather from reading recent business news that the impact...
Strangest Dream: Communism, Anti-Communism, and the U.S. Peace Movement, 1945-1963
Strangest Dream: Communism, Anti-Communism, and the US. Peace Movement, 1945-1963. By Robbie Lieberman. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 2000. Pp. 272. Illustrations, index. Cloth, $34.95. A volume in the Syracuse Studies on Peace and Conflict Resolution...
The Editor's Pages
It happened again. Some of the articles and reviews in this issue establish connections unintended by writers and editors alike. I expected a thoughtful review of David Grimsted's book from Illinois Wesleyan's Professor James Simeone, but was surprised...
The Prophet and the Presidency: Mormonism and Politics in Joseph Smith's 1844 Presidential Campaign
The kingdom of God is at the defiance of all earthly laws and yet breaks none. - Joseph Smith, April 6, 1844 1 Resolved... that we ... discountenance every attempt to unite church and state; and that we further believe the effort now being made by Joseph...