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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WE LAUNCH VOLUME 109 OF THE JOURNAL with three stimulat- ing contributions to Illinois history in the twentieth century. Peter EUertsen's "How Newness Enters the World': Cultural Creolization in SwedishAmerican Hymnals Published at Augustana College, 1901-1925" offers a fresh and innovative way of interpreting hymn culture and evolution in a denomination undergoing dramatic social change. As a denominational Lutheran college, Augustana was the agency through which Swedish- American church folks in and around Rock Island adapted to their American context, while also preserving parts of their Old World heritage. In changing hymnal practices, The Augustana Lutherans achieved what Ellertsen, borrowing from anthropology and cultural history, terms "cre- olization" of a longstanding religious music tradition.

In "Sacrificing for a "Just Cause": The World War I Memoir of Edward F. Paule, U.S. Engineers," editor Jeffrey L. Patrick reproduces a valuable resource for scholars interested in the soldiers' experience during World War I. Paule, from Belleville, served in the 114th Engineer Regiment. The regiment's chief responsibility was to build and maintain roads during the Meuse-Argonne Offensive of 1918. What makes the Paule memoir com- pelling is that unlike the many letters written by American troops during the war, Paules writings were not subject to censorship by authorities. …

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