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A renaissance in Illinois history scholarship has sparked renewed interest in the Prairie State's storied past. Students, meanwhile, continue to pursue coursework in Illinois history to fulfill degree requirements and for their own edification.
This Common Threads collection offers important articles from the Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society. Organized as an approachable survey of state history, the book offers chapters that cover the colonial era, early statehood, the Civil War years, the Gilded Age and Progressive eras, World War II, and postwar Illinois. The essays reflect the wide range of experiences lived by Illinoisans engaging in causes like temperance and women's struggle for a shorter workday; facing challenges that range from the rise of street gangs to Decatur's urban decline; and navigating historic issues like the 1822-24 constitutional crisis and the Alton School Case.
Contributors: Roger Biles, Lilia Fernandez, Paul Finkelman, Raymond E. Hauser, Reginald Horsman, Suellen Hoy, Judson Jeffries, Lionel Kimble Jr., Thomas E. Pegram, Shirley Portwood, Robert D. Sampson, Ronald E. Shaw, and Robert M. Sutton.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780252083648
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Publication date: 05/15/2018
Series: Common Threads Series
Edition description: 1st Edition
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Mark Hubbard is a professor of history at Eastern Illinois University and editor-in-chief of the Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society. He is the author of Illinois’s War: The Civil War in Documents and Beyond Party: Cultures of Antipartisanship in Northern Politics before the Civil War.

Table of Contents


1 The Fox Raid of 1752: Defensive Warfare and the Decline of the Illinois Tribe Raymond E. Hauser 9

Illinois Historical Journal, Vol. 86, No. 4 (Winter 1993)

2 Great Britain and the Illinois Country in the Era of the American Revolution Reginald Horsman 27

Journal of the Illinois Historical Society, Vol. 69, No. 2 (May 1976)

3 Edward Coles and the Constitutional Crisis in Illinois, 1822-1824 Robert M. Sutton 41

Illinois Historical Journal, Vol. 82, No. 1 (Spring 1989)

4 Slavery, the "More Perfect Union," and the Prairie State Paul Finkelman 57

Illinois Historical Journal, Vol. 80, No. 4 (Winter 1987)

5 "Pretty Damned Warm Times": The 1864 Charleston Riot and "the Inalienable Right of Revolution" Robert D. Sampson 86

Illinois Historical Journal, Vol. 89, No. 2 (Summer 1996)

6 "Honest Men and Law Abiding Citizens": The 1894 Railroad Strike in Decatur Robert D. Sampson 108

Illinois Historical Journal, Vol. 85, No. 2 (Summer 1992)

7 The Alton School Case and African American Community Consciousness, 1897-1908 Shirley Portwood 126

Illinois Historical Journal, Vol. 91, No. 1 (Spring 1998)

8 The Dry Machine: The Formation of the Anti-Saloon League of Illinois Thomas R. Pegram 150

Illinois Historical Journal, Vol. 83, No. 3 (Autumn 1990)

9 Chicago Working Women's Struggle for a Shorter Day, 1908-1911 Suellen Hoy 168

Journal of the Illinois Historical Society, Vol. 107, No. 1 (Spring 2014)

10 "I Too Serve America": African American Women War Workers in Chicago, 1940-1945 Lionel Kimble, Jr. 199

Journal of the Illinois Historical Society, Vol. 93, No. 4 (Winter 2000)

11 From the Near West Side to 18th Street: Mexican Community Formation and Activism in Mid-Twentieth Century Chicago Lilia Fernandez 215

Journal of the Illinois Historical Society, Vol. 98, No. 3 (Autumn 2005)

12 A Final Push for National Legislation: The Chicago Freedom Movement Ronald E. Shaw 235

Journal of the Illinois Historical Society Vol. 94, No. 3 (Autumn 2001)

13 From Gang-Bangers to Urban Revolutionaries: The Young Lords of Chicago Judson Jeffries 264

Journal of the Illinois Historical Society, Vol. 96, No. 3 (Autumn 2003)

14 The Decline of Decatur Roger Biles 281

Journal of the Illinois Historical Society, Vol. 110, No. 2 (Summer 2017)

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