Sugar Creek: Life on the Illinois Prairie / Edition 1

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The fascinating story of the birth and development of a rural American community, from its origins at the turn of the nineteenth century to the years that followed the Civil War. Drawing on newspapers, account books, and reminiscences, the author of the prizewinning Women and Men on the Overland Trail vividly portrays the lives of the prairie's inhabitants - Indians, pioneers, farming men and women - and adds a compelling new chapter to American social history. Winner of the 1986 Society for the History of the Early American Republic Award.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300042634
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/1988
  • Series: The Lamar Series in Western History
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 285
  • Sales rank: 697,684
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 0.93 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations and Maps ix
Acknowledgments xi
Introduction xiii
Part 1 Howling Wilderness
1 The Pioneer of Sugar Creek 3
2 Hunters and Sugar-Makers 10
3 Defenders of the Manitou 18
4 A War of Extirpation 25
Part 2 The Country of Plenty To Eat
5 Land-Looker 39
6 American Tartars 44
7 Customs of Association 53
8 With Milk and Honey Flow 61
Part 3 Lords of the Soil, Tenants of the Hearth
9 Totally and Forever Dissolved 79
10 In Sickness and in Health 87
11 Raising Hogs and Children 96
12 She Drained Herself to Give Them Life 110
Part 4 The Sugar Creek Community
13 A Scene to Rouse Their Passions 121
14 Good Neighborship 130
15 Open-Country Connexions 143
16 The Community of Feeling 156
Part 5 All Is Changed
17 It Answers Well for a Village 173
18 Landlords and Tenants 181
19 Conservative Change 199
20 The Remnant of That Pioneer Band 216
Conclusion 234
Notes 239
Index 271
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