Academic journal article Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society

The Editor's Page

Academic journal article Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society

The Editor's Page

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This issue of the Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society primarily deals with the history of the state in the twentieth century. For one hundred years historians spoke of the 1800s as "the last century" and are slowly getting used to the fact that the phrase now refers to the period between 1900 and 2000. All of the current articles deal with events that happened during the last century but are relevant to any readers who are interested in the general history of Illinois. One of the articles looks at the activities of women's groups on the home front during World War I, another examines the challenges of instilling character education in children in rural Illinois during the 1910s, 1920s, and 1930s, and a third chronicles the role of Paul Douglas in the changing dynamics of American liberalism during the 1940s and 1950s. War, education, and politics-our authors have certainly covered the gamut.

Virginia Boynton's work on the members of Illinois Woman's Committees tells us about the contributions made by Western Illinois women to the World War I effort. A professor at Western Illinois University, she shows how the war-time experiences of these women prepared them for playing larger roles in their own post-war communities. …

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