It Happened in Illinois: Remarkable Events That Shaped History

It Happened in Illinois: Remarkable Events That Shaped History

by Richard Moreno

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True Tales from the Prairie State's Past—from the Lincoln–Douglas debates to Rod Blagojevich's rise and fall From the fortunes (and failures) of the Chicago Cubs for the past century to so many other fascinating events in the Windy City, Springfield, and beyond for generations, Illinois has long been a compelling mix of politics, war, religion, and the just plain weird. It Happened in Illinois goes behind the scenes to tell the story, in short episodes, of the intriguing people and events that have shaped the Prairie State. • Read all about the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 and the 1894 walkout by Pullman Palace Car workers in Chicago that cascaded into the first truly national labor strike. • Reflect on the tragic race riot in Springfield in 1908, which helped create the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) a few months later. • Recall Disco Demolition Night at Chicago's Comiskey Park in 1979, when a near riot by an anti- disco crowd marked the beginning of the end of the dance music's popularity.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780762761289
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 08/16/2011
Series: It Happened In Series
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Richard Moreno served as publisher of Nevada Magazine and has authored seven Nevada-related books. A former Director of Advertising and Public Relations for the Nevada Commission on Tourism, he was selected as a 2007 recipient of the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame Silver Pen award.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements Introduction 1. 1673 – Jolliet and Marquette Discover Illinois 2. 1778 – The Americans Take Over (Battle for Kaskaskia) 3. 1832 – The Blackhawk War 4. 1837 – The First Abolitionist Martyr: Elijah Lovejoy 5. 1844 – The Murder of Joseph Smith 6. 1846 – The Donner Party Departs from Springfield 7. 1858 – Debates that Shaped a Nation: Abraham Lincoln vs. Stephen A. Douglas 8. 1860 – The “Lady Elgin” Sinks 9. 1871 – The Great Chicago Fire 10. 1876 – The Plot to Steal Abraham Lincoln’s body 11. 1887 – The Chatsworth Train Disaster 12. 1894 – Pullman’s Strike 13. 1903 – The Iroquois Theater Fire 14. 1908 – Springfield’s Race Riots 15. 1909 – The Cherry Coal Mine Tragedy 16. 1917 – The East St. Louis Riot 17. 1922 – The Herrin Massacre 18. 1925 – The Tri-States Tornado Strike 19. 1926 – Williamson’s County’s Birger-Shelton Gang War 20. 1931 – Al Capone Goes to Prison 21. 1933 – Major League Baseball’s First All-Star Game 22. 1934 – Death of an Outlaw: John Dillinger Gunned Down 23. 1947 – The Centralia Mine Explosion 24. 1969 – The Chicago Seven Trial 25. 1979 – Chicago’s Improbable Disco Record Riot 26. 1979 – America’s Worst Air Disaster: The Crash of American Airlines Flight 191 27. 1982 – Chicago’s Tylenol Murder Mystery 28. 2008 – Death in the Classroom: Shootings at Northern Illinois University 29. 2009 – The Impeachment of Governor Rod Blagojovech

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