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. 101, No. 2, Summer

Fort Dearborn, A Novel
Fort Dearborn, A Novel. By Jerry Crimmins (Evanston, Illinois: Northwestern University Press, 2006. Pp. 431. Foreword by Gerald A. Danzer. Illustrations, maps, notes, index. Cloth, $27.95)In Fort Dearborn: a Novel, Chicago newspaper reporter Jerry Crimmins...
Germans in the Civil War; the Letters They Wrote Home
Germans in the Civil War; The Letters They Wrote Home. Edited by Walter D. Kamphoefher & Wolfgang Helbich. Translated by Susan Carter Vogel (Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 2006. Pp. xxxiv, 521. Illustrations, maps, glossary,...
Governor Henry Horner, Chicago Politics, and the Great Depression
Governor Henry Horner, Chicago Politics, and the Great Depression. By Charles J. Masters, (Carbondale, Illinois: Southern Illinois University Press, 2007. Pp-xviii, 243, $24.95.)Master's study is a welcome, if brief addition to the small body of literature...
High Priests of Nature: The Origins of Illinois State Normal "University" in the Antebellum Lyceum
In one of the Bloomington Paragraph's earliest numbers (dated April 26, 1854), there occurs an editorial about a course of three lectures on chemistry, "with experimental illustrations." " [Prof. Wyman's] experiments were beautiful," said the article,...
Illinois State University in Springfield, Illinois
The first Illinois State University was founded by Reverend Francis Springer, a Lutheran minister and educator. Immediately upon his arrival in Springfield in 1839, Springer rented a schoolroom and established a private "English and Classical School."...
Key Command: Ulysses S. Grant's District of Cairo
Key Command: Ulysses S. Grant's District of Cairo, By T K Kionka, (Columbia: University of Missouri Press. Pp.xii, 229 pp., $39.95, ISBN 9780-8262-1655-7.)The history of Illinois, the Civil War, and borderlands history are all made richer by the writing...
Our Town: A Heartland Lynching, a Haunted Town, and the Hidden History of White America
Our Town: A Heartland Lynching, a Haunted Town, and the Hidden History of White America. By Cynthia Carr. (New York: Crown Publishers, 2006. Pp. 3, 501. Illustrations, photographs, index. Cloth, $25.95)On the scale of American racial ugliness, spectacle...
The Editor's Page
The Editor's PageOn February 15-17, 2007, the Illinois State Historical Society held its twenty-seventh annual symposium on the campus of Illinois State University (ISU), in part to commemorate ISU's 150th anniversary. In keeping with the theme for the...
The Founding of Illinois State Normal University: Normal School or State University?
On February 18, 1857, William H. Bissell, the first Republican governor of Illinois, signed "an act for the establishment and maintenance of a Normal University." The statute constituted a fifteen member "Board of Education of the State of Illinois"...
The Transformation of Higher Education in the 1960s: Master Plans, Community Colleges, and Emerging Universities
In 1955 Illinois Governor William Stratton and the General Assembly established the Higher Education Commission made up of legislators, public school leaders, and presidents of public and private colleges and universities. Its charge was to "make a thorough...
To Rescue My Native Land: The Civil War Letters of William T. Shepherd, First Illinois Light Artillery
To Rescue My Native Land: The Civil War Letters of William T. Shepherd, First Illinois Light Artillery. Edited by Kurt H. Hackmer (Knoxville: The University of Tennessee Press, 2005. Pp. xxiii, 365. Illustrations, map, index. Cloth, $42)To Rescue My...