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Illinois: A History of the Land and Its People Hardcover – October 6, 2005


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 351 pages
  • Publisher: Northern Illinois University Press; 1 edition (October 6, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0875803490
  • ISBN-13: 978-0875803494
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,887,702 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Biles' first-rate primer on the state's history will be a useful resource for anyone curious about a state whose residents have played crucial roles in almost every major episode in the nation's history."—Chicago Tribune



"Lively and informative.... Biles clearly and cogently traces the Prairie State's distinctive history, from its earliest geological and Indian eras to the present."—The Annals of Iowa



"A scholarly and highly accessible survey text that balances the rural and urban experience."—Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society



Award of Excellence, Illinois State Historical Society, 2006

About the Author

Roger Biles, Professor of History at Illinois State University, is the author of five other books, including Richard J. Daley: Politics, Race, and the Governing of Chicago and Crusading Liberal: Paul H. Douglas of Illinois.


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By Teresa on October 26, 2013
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This was a gift for someone traveling to Illinois to show the historyu...it was a great gift and the service was fast.
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By Mark W. Jeffries on February 5, 2013
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I plan to travel to southern Illinois in March, to see the geology of the Shawnee National Forest and some of the local historical sites. From the local library I obtained Illinois: A History of the Land and its People by Roger Biles. This book is wonderfully informative about the history of Illinois beginning with the early French and Indian years. Early "habitants" settled in the "Paradis Terrestre" near Kaskaskia, also known as "American Bottom." After the Seven Years War, the Illinois territoy belonged to the English. Then some of the French habitants at Paradis Terrestre moved across the Mississippi to Missouri. Virgina claimed Illinois as a county of Virginia, but gave up its claim in 1782.
Indians of the region fought successfully against the Americans until the Battle of Fallen Timbers. Contentious issues in the very early 1800's included suffrage, land sales, and land ownership. Illinois achieved statehood in 1818, partly by overestimating the population of the area. Slavery was a major contentious issue at that time. In the early 19th century, Shawneetown with its saltworks was the "foremost Illinois metropolis." There are no Indian reservations in Illinois.
Cultural differences were extant between the Yankees and the Southerners in Illinois. There was a major influx of German immigrants to Illinois. This book has interesting descriptions of the draining of marshes in E. central Illinois, plank roads, flatboats and keelboats, wheat then corn farming, and cattle barons. The Moromons' Nauvoo ("beautiful place") was the largest city in Illinois for a while. The book also covers canals, the Civil War era in Illinois, Chicago, and Labor.
This book of only 309 pages was a joy to read. It has beautiful white pages. There is detail, but not too much. There is a "bibliographical essay" that offers the reader leads to much more historical exploration.
I will now have a nice feel for the early Illinois history as I travel.
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By P Fitzmaurice on July 20, 2014
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael J. Little on July 16, 2013
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I only got this because I needed it for school. I only wish I could study what I wanted o
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