Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society

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Articles from Vol. 95, No. 2, Summer

After the Flood: A History of the 1928 Flood Control Act
On Wednesday, April 20, 1927, two private vessels, the Cincinnati and the Cape Girardeau, steamed down the swollen Mississippi River carrying five hundred Chicago politicians and businessmen en route to New Orleans. The bombastic and reportedly corrupt...
American Towns: An Interpretive History
American Towns: An Interpretive History. By David J. Russo. (Chicago: Ivan R. Dee., 2001. Pp. Xv. 350. Illus., notes, bib., index. Cloth, $28.95.) Until the early twentieth century, most Americans lived in, or in the orbit of, small towns. Yet until...
From "German Days" to "100 Percent Americanism"
McLean County, Illinois 1913-1918: German Americans, World War One, and One Community's Reaction As celebrations go, Bloomington, Illinois' German Days, held in October of 1913, was quite an occasion. Up to 20,000 people from around the McLean County...
In the First Line of Battle: The 21th Illinois Cavalry in the Civil War
In the First Line of Battle: The 12th Illinois Cavalry in the Civil War. By Samuel M. Blackwell, Jr. (DeKalb, Illinois: Northern Illinois University Press, 2002. Pp. xi, 222. Illustration, maps, index. Hardcover, $35.00) In the fifty-odd years after...
John Frink and Martin Walker: Stagecoach Kings of the Old Northwest
By the early 1840s, years before the first rail lines were pushed west of Chicago, the aggressively successful business practices of John Frink and Martin O. Walker had already made Chicago the center of a web of stagecoach routes connecting the southwest...
Lincolniana 2001-2002
Today marks a new beginning. As curator of the Henry Horner Lincoln Collection for the past eight years I have been privileged to be a part of many undertakings. One of those has been to produce a comprehensive list of Lincoln publications for the preceding...
Never Anything So Solemn: An Archaeological, Biological, and Historical Investigation of the Nineteeth-Century Grafton Cemetery
Never Anything So Solemn: An Archaeological, Biological, and Historical Investigation of the Nineteenth-Century Grafton Cemetery. Edited by Jane E. Buikstra, Jodie A. O'Gorman, and Cynthia Sutton. (Kampsville, Illinois: Kampsville Studies in Archaeology...
Photography Genius: George R Lawrence & "The Hitherto Impossible
During the early decades of the twentieth century, Chicago photographer George Raymond Lawrence was renowned as an inventor of cameras and innovator of photographic processes. Today, even though his name is virtually lost in photographic history, the...
Rails across in Mississippi: A History of the St. Louis Bridge
Rails Across the Mississippi: A History of the St. Louis Bridge. By Robert W. Jackson. (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2001.) Pp. Vii, 265. This book is an economic, political and technological biography of a bridge. Consequently, readers who...
The Editor's Page
There are several interesting things about this issue. It is the first for which the authors of all our articles either supplied illustrations, or pointed to illustrations that the editor could easily borrow. The several fascinating pictures herein therefore...
The Preacher's Tale: The Civil War Journal of Rev. Francis Springer, Chaplain, U.S. Army of the Frontier
The Preacher's Tale: The Civil War Journal of Rev. Francis Springer, Chaplain, U.S. Army of the Frontier. Edited by William Furry. Fayetteville: The University of Arkansas Press, 2001. Pp. xxiv, 182. $34.95. Because death, dying, and mortality are always...
Views on the Mississippi - the Photographs of Henry Peter Bosse
Views on the Mississippi - The Photographs of Henry Peter Bosse. By Mark Neuzil. Forward by Merry A. Foresta. (Minneapolis and London: University of Minnesota Press, 2001). Pp. xv, 272, illustrations, maps. $34.95) In the post-Civil War decades, reconstructing...