Academic journal article Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society

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Academic journal article Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society

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In "Captive Audiences: Gender, Storytelling, and the Closing of the Illinois Frontier," Nick Kryczka explores the abduction of two teenaged sisters, Rachel and Sylvia Hall, by a band of Potawatomi during the Black Hawk War and the subsequent newspaper coverage of the event. After the May 20,1832, massacre of white settlers, the Hall sisters were held captive for ten days. Ho Chunk Indians returned the girls into the custody of Colonel Henry Gratiot at Blue Mounds Fort in Wisconsin. For years to come, however, the story of the abduction became one of the most repeated events of the Black Hawk War rather than the tragedy it was for the Sauk tribe. The vulnerability of white womanhood to "savage" Indians was more riveting for newspaper audiences of the era than the dispossession of native people from their homelands.

In "Tour Loving Father, Jack': Southern Illinois Farm Life in the 1890s as Seen Through the Correspondence of the Jack Pierce family," Randy Mills and Karen Mills Hales explore the challenges and development of farming in this region. Charles Price went to work "up north" in Macon County from early 1894 to late 1898. The letters between himself and his father reveal how this particular family adapted to the rigors of farm life in rural southern Illinois. The authors argue that the letters represent the passage of many Midwest farmers from "farmer to Entrepreneur." Charlie met these challenges by leaving the region and brought back home the progressive practices in the rich farming regions of central Illinois. He put those practices to use and become one of the most successful farmers in Jefferson County, Illinois.

In "On the Front Page in the 'Jazz Age': Journalist lone Quinby, Chicago's Ageless 'Girl Reporter,"' Genevieve G. …

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