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. 105, No. 1, Spring

Border War: Fighting over Slavery before the Civil War
Border War: Fighting Over Slavery before the Civil War. By Stanley Harrold. (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2010. Pp. xvi, 312, illustrations, notes, bibliography, index. Cloth, $30.00.) Stanley Harrold has written a well-researched...
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Crusade against Slavery: Edward Coles, Pioneer of Freedom
By Kurt E. Leichtle and Bruce G. Carveth. (Carbondale, IL: Southern Illinois University Press, 2011. Pp. xi, 268, notes, bibliography, index. Cloth, $34.95.)Crusade Against Slavery: Edward Coles, Pioneer of Freedom is a personal story of Coles' journey...
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Edward Beecher and the Anti-Slavery Movement in Illinois
The Rev. Dr. Edward Beecher was a preacher's preacher and a scholar's scholar. He was the son of Rev. Lyman Beecher of whom Theodore Parker said was "the father of more brains than any man in America."1 And indeed, Edward along with his twelve siblings...
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Guest Editor's Page
This introduction has two purposes. First, to note the valuable contribution each of the three articles makes to our understanding of the conflicts in our state and nation over race and slavery; and second, to sketch some of the broader circumstances...
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Illinois: A History in Pictures
By Gerald A. Danzer. (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2011. Pp. xi, 245, photographs, index. Cloth, $39.95.)Combining illustrations with text has long been integral to American publishing. From early school primers to nineteenth-century journals...
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Jane Addams: Spirit in Action
Jane Addams: Spirit in Action. By Louise E. Knight. (New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2010. Pp. xv, 334, illustrations, notes, bibliography, index. Cloth, $28.95.)Jane Addams speaks to our times. In the last decade, after nearly a quarter century...
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Joseph William Royer: Urbana's Architect
Joseph William Royer: Urbana's Architect. By Brian Adams. (Champaign: The News-Gazette Inc., 2011. Pp. xi, 140, appendix, bibliography, illustrations. Paperback, $24.95.)Joseph William Royer's active years as an architect spanned more than half a century...
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Labor's Millennium: Christianity, Industrial Education and the Founding of the University of Illinois
Labor's Millennium: Christianity, Industrial Education and the Founding of the University of Illinois. By Brett H. Smith. (Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications, 2010. Pp. xi, 188, illustrations, notes, bibliography, index. Paperback, $23.00.)In Labor's...
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"The Abolitionist Factory:" Northeastern Religion, David Nelson, and the Mission Institute near Quincy, Illinois, 1836-1844
In 1836 the American Antislavery Society (AASS) agent David Nelson established the Mission Institute near Quincy, Illinois, on the east bank of the Mississippi River to prepare men, and later women, as evangelical missionaries and to upset slavery across...
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The Chicago Trunk Murder: Law and Justice at the Turn of the Century
The Chicago Trunk Murder: Law and Justice at the Turn of the Century. By Elizabeth Dale. (DeKaIb: Northern Illinois University Press, 2011. Pp. vii, 155. doth, $32.00.)Elizabeth Dale presents her brief manuscript on the Chicago trunk murder and the associated...
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The Copperhead Threat in Illinois: Peace Democrats, Loyalty Leagues, and the Charleston Riot of 1864
In February 1864 the raging gunfire of the American Civil War echoed far away from Edgar County, Illinois, yet in the public mind, the conflict seemed fearfully close to home. In the small town of Paris, elements of the 12th and 66th Illinois volunteer...
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The Gods of Prophetstown: The Battle of Tippecanoe and the Holy War for the American Frontier
The Gods of Prophetstown: The Battle of Tippecanoe and the Holy War for the American Frontier. By Adam Jortner. (New York: Oxford University Press, 2011. Pp. X1 310. Cloth, $27.95.)Adam Jortner's new analysis of the 1811 Battle of Tippecanoe seeks to...
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The Lincoln Assassination: The Evidence
The Lincoln Assassination: The Evidence. Ed. by William C. Edwards and Edward Steers Jr. (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2009. Pp. xxix, 1488, illustrations, index. Cloth, $129.00.)The assassination of Abraham Lincoln on April 14, 1865, remains...
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The Rise of Chicago's Black Metropolis, 1920-1929
The Rise of Chicago's Black Metropolis, 1920-1929. By Christopher Robert Reed. (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2011. Pp. viri, 271, notes, bibliography, index. Cloth, $55.00.)Christopher Reed set out to talk about the factors contributing to the...
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The Thousand-Year Flood: The Ohio-Mississippi Disaster of 1937
The Thousand-Year Flood: The Ohio-Mississippi Disaster of 1937. By David Welky. (Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2011. Pp. xiv, 355, notes, index. Cloth, $27.50.)In the winter of 1937 the Ohio River Valley including much of Southern Illinois...
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