Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society

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Articles from Vol. 106, No. 3/4, Autumn

1863: Lincoln's Pivotal Year
1863: Lincoln's Pivotal Year. Ed. by Harold Holzer and Sara Vaughn Gabbard. (Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 2013. Pp. x, 198, appendices, notes on contributors, index. Cloth, $32.95.)In a series of ten brief essays, editors Harold Holzer...
Abraham Lincoln and White America
Abraham Lincoln and White America. By Brian R. Dirck. (Lawrence, KS: University Press of Kansas, 2012. Pp. xii, 213, illustrations, notes, bibliography, index. Cloth, $29.95.)In this slender volume, Brian Dirck views the controversial topic of Lincoln...
A Divided State: The 1862 Election and the Illinois Response to Expanding Federal Authority
Illinois is no stranger to division. Myriad interest groups push their respective agendas and issues continue to be debated. It was no different one hundred and fifty years ago when political battles gripped the state. It is easy to look at a map of...
American Experience: The Abolitionists
American Experience: The Abolitionists. Prod, by Rob Rapley. Apograph Productions in association with WGBH Boston Educational Foundation, 2013.180 mins.American Experience: The Abolitionists, a PBS documentary aired in three installments, offers a sweeping...
Chicago in the Age of Capital: Class, Politics, and Democracy during the Civil War and Reconstruction
Chicago in the Age of Capital: Class, Politics, and Democracy during the Civil War and Reconstruction. By John B. Jentz and Richard Schneirov. (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2012. Pp. xii, 316, notes, index. Cloth, $55.00.)The framework and terminology...
Editor's Page
In a time of political turmoil, with rigidly polarized parties, it is perhaps more important than ever to look to the past for the lessons taught, but seldom learned, from history. When communication breaks down and the very notion of compromise is viewed...
Everybody's History: Indiana's Lincoln Inquiry and the Quest to Reclaim a President's Past
Everybody's History: Indiana's Lincoln Inquiry and the Quest to Reclaim a President's Past. By Keith A. Erekson. (Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2012. Pp. xiv, 251, appendix, notes, index. Paperback, $26.95.)Keith A. Erekson is assistant...
Fateful Lightning: A New History of the Civil War and Reconstruction
Fateful Lightning: A New History of the Civil War and Reconstruction. By Allen C. Guelzo. (New York: Oxford University Press, 2012. Pp. x, 576, illustrations, bibliography, index. Paper, $19.95.)The basic troop transportation rate established between...
Freedom by the Sword: The U.S. Colored Troops, 1862-1867
Freedom by the Sword: The U.S. Colored Troops, 1862-1867. By William A. Dobak. (Washington, DC: Center of Military History, United States Army, 2011. Pp. xvi, 553, bibliography, index. Paper, $38.00.)Over the last couple of decades the number of well-written...
Freedom National: The Destruction of Slavery in the United States 1861-1865
The Municipal Limits of Slavery Freedom National: The Destruction of Slavery in the United States, 1861-1865. By James Oakes. (New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2013. Pp. xxviii, 595, illustrations, notes, index. Cloth, $27.95.)Freedom National offers...
"I Am for the President's Proclamation Teeth and Toe Nails": Illinois Soldiers Respond to the Emancipation Proclamation
The issuance of the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation by President Abraham Lincoln on September 22, 1862 immediately received both praise and condemnation. In the one hundred days between its issuance, and the January 1, 1863 adoption of it, antislavery...
Lincoln and the Constitution/Lincoln and Race
Lincoln and the Constitution. By Brian R. Dirck. (Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 2012. Pp. 169, notes, bibliography, index. Cloth, $19.95.)Lincoln and Race. By Richard Striner. (Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 2012. Pp....
Lincoln's Hundred Days: The Emancipation Proclamation and the War for the Union
Lincoln's Hundred Days: The Emancipation Proclamation and the War for the Union. By Louis P. Masur. (Cambridge, MA: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2012. Pp. ix, 358, illustrations, notes, index. Cloth, $29.95.)In William Tolman Carlton's...
Lincoln's Tragic Pragmatism: Lincoln, Douglas, and Moral Conflict
Lincoln's Tragic Pragmatism: Lincoln, Douglas, and Moral Conflict. By John Burt. (Cambridge, MA: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2013. Pp. xviii, 814, notes, bibliography, index. Cloth, $39.95.)John Burt, professor of English at Brandéis...
Race and Rights: Fighting Slavery in the Old Northwest
Race and Rights: Fighting Slavery in the Old Northwest. By Dana Elizabeth Weiner. (DeKalb: Northern Illinois University Press, 2013. Pp. xiii, 327, notes, bibliography, index. Cloth, $38.00.)Since Gilbert H. Barnes in 1933 published The Antislavery Impulse...
Remixing the Civil War: Meditations on the Sesquicentennial
Remixing the Civil War: Meditations on the Sesquicentennial. Ed. by Thomas J. Brown. (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2011. Pp. vix, 238, notes, notes on contributors, index. Paperback, $25.00.)As we commemorate the Civil War's Sesquicentennial,...
Slavery in Illinois: Through the Eyes of Lydia Titus, Slave and Free Woman of Color
The story of Lydia, a slave held in bondage in Illinois, dramatically illustrates the complexity of the national problem of slavery and shows that the lines historians have drawn between "slave states" and "free states" can be misleading. Lydia was held...
Stephen A. Douglas and Antebellum Democracy
Stephen A. Douglas and Antebellum Democracy. By Martin H. Quitt. (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2012. Pp. xv, 210, appendix, index. Paper, $24.99.)Martin H. Quitt's interpretation of Stephen A. Douglas is intriguing, and original. Quitt contends...
The Chicago Light Artillery at Vicksburg
On December 14, 1862, in the army camps surrounding the city of Memphis, Tennessee, Israel Parsons Rumsey, a young artillery officer, put pen to paper to write a chatty letter to his young brother, Franke. Life in the occupied Southern city was rough,...
The Civil War in the West: Victory and Defeat from the Appalachians to the Mississippi
The Civil War in the West: Victory and Defeat from the Appalachians to the Mississippi. By Earl J. Hess. (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2012. Pp. xvi, 392, illustrations, notes, bibliography, index. Cloth, $40.00.)The study of the...
The Enemy Within: Fears of Corruption in the Civil War North
The Enemy Within: Fears of Corruption in the Civil War North. By Michael Thomas Smith. (Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2011. Pp. viii, 229, notes, bibliography, index. Cloth, $35.00.)Michael Thomas Smith's lively and engaging book makes...
The Old 100th Was a Fighting Regiment: A Short History of the 100th Illinois Infantry during the Civil War
The year 1862 brought hope, anxiety, and uncertainty to Illinois. The Civil War was entering its second year after an enthusiastic response to the first call for volunteers in April 1861. Many units were quickly filled and left for points south. But...
The Union Forever: Lincoln, Grant, and the Civil War
The Union Forever: Lincoln, Grant, and the Civil War. By John Y. Simon. Edited with an introduction by Glenn W. Lafantasie. (Lexington, KY: University Press of Kentucky, 2012. Pp. xii, 311, notes, bibliography, index. Cloth, $40.00.)To nearly every scholar...
War upon the Land: Military Strategy and the Transformation of Southern Landscapes during the American Civil War
War Upon The Land: Military Strategy and the Transformation of Southern Landscapes During the American Civil War. By Lisa M. Brady. (Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press, 2012. Pp. xix, 187, notes, bibliography, index. Paper $24.95.)Lisa M. Brady's...
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