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1 BRADLEY, MARY HASTINGS; CASWELL, EDWARD C. (DECORATIONS). Old Chicago: Metropolis.
D. Appleton and Company, New York: 1932. First Edition (Unstated). h Hardcover, no dustjacket. Good condition considering its age. 
This is the fourth work in a series by this author on Old Chicago. 
Price: 18.76 USD
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2 EKBERG, CARL J.; PERSON, SHARON K. St. Louis Rising: The French Regime Of Louis St. Ange De Bellerive.
University of Illinois Press, Urbana and Chicago: 2015. s Softcover. Brand new book. 
St. Louis Rising The French Regime of Louis St. Ange de Bellerive The myth-busting history of the forgotten figure who guided a great American city through its infancy In most tellings, the story of St. Louis's early days features the fur traders Pierre Laclde and Auguste Chouteau hacking a city out of wilderness with irresistible lan. St. Louis Rising overturns such gauzy myths with the contrarian thesis that French government officials and institutions shaped and structured early village society. Of the former, none did more than Louis St. Ange de Bellerive. As Carl J. Ekberg and Sharon K. Person show, St. Ange's commitment to the Bourbon monarchy and to civil tranquility made him the prime mover as St. Louis emerged during the tumult that followed the French and Indian War. Drawing on a wealth of new source materials, Ekberg and Person reexamine the complexities of politics, Indian affairs, marriage customs, slavery, the role of women, and material culture that characterized the 1760s. Their alternative version of the oft-told tale of St. Louis's founding places the event within the context of Illinois Country society. Vividly depicting life in a colonial outpost, St. Louis Rising provides a trove of new information on everything from the fur trade to the arrival of the British and Spanish in the aftermath of the Seven Years' War--and explodes the many histories that rely on Chouteau's self-aggrandizing recollections. "Masterfully well researched! This is not just a story about frontier legends like Laclde. It's a story about an imperial structure, of which St. Ange and his family were the most important representatives. The authors do a great job of including the larger imperial story--legal codes, notaries, trade rules and regulations, and officials like St. Ange and Labuxire--in the founding story. There is nuance and detail here that will impress any historian."--Robert Morrissey, author of Bottomlands, Borderlands: Empires and Identities in the 18th Century Illinois Country "In illuminating the neglected career of Louis St. Ange de Bellerive, Carl J. Ekberg and Sharon K. Person have corrected origin stories of St. Louis that usually focus only on Auguste Chouteau and his surrogate father, Pierre Laclde. Digging deeper, Ekberg and Person have mined new archival sources to excavate the social, cultural, and economic development of the Illinois Country in the eighteenth century. This book is a great present to the city on its 250th birthday, and is a signal contribution to the colonial history of the Mississippi River valley."--Stephen Aron, author of American Confluence: The Missouri Frontier from Borderland to Border State "Louis St. Ange de Bellerive's compelling story, told here for the first time, reveals the extent of his service to France with a career that took him from Fort Orleans, to Vincennes, and finally to St. Louis, where he was . . . in command. Some of the authors' conclusions are sure to discomfort traditionalists, but their factually grounded arguments will prove difficult to refute."--William E. Foley, author of Wilderness Journey: The Life of William Clark and coauthor of The First Chouteaus: River Barons of Early St. Louis Carl Ekberg is a professor emeritus of history at Illinois State University. His many books include A French Aristocrat in the American West: The Shattered Dreams of Delassus de Luzires and Stealing Indian Women: Native Slavery in the Illinois Country, and he is a two-time winner of the Kemper and Leila Williams Prize. Sharon Person is a professor of English specializing in English as a Second Language at St. Louis Community College, St. Louis Missouri. 
Price: 27.55 USD
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3 EKBERG, CARL J.; PERSON, SHARON K. St. Louis Rising: The French Regime Of Louis St. Ange De Bellerive.
University of Illinois Press, Urbana and Chicago: 2015. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book. 
St. Louis Rising The French Regime of Louis St. Ange de Bellerive The myth-busting history of the forgotten figure who guided a great American city through its infancy In most tellings, the story of St. Louis's early days features the fur traders Pierre Laclde and Auguste Chouteau hacking a city out of wilderness with irresistible lan. St. Louis Rising overturns such gauzy myths with the contrarian thesis that French government officials and institutions shaped and structured early village society. Of the former, none did more than Louis St. Ange de Bellerive. As Carl J. Ekberg and Sharon K. Person show, St. Ange's commitment to the Bourbon monarchy and to civil tranquility made him the prime mover as St. Louis emerged during the tumult that followed the French and Indian War. Drawing on a wealth of new source materials, Ekberg and Person reexamine the complexities of politics, Indian affairs, marriage customs, slavery, the role of women, and material culture that characterized the 1760s. Their alternative version of the oft-told tale of St. Louis's founding places the event within the context of Illinois Country society. Vividly depicting life in a colonial outpost, St. Louis Rising provides a trove of new information on everything from the fur trade to the arrival of the British and Spanish in the aftermath of the Seven Years' War--and explodes the many histories that rely on Chouteau's self-aggrandizing recollections. "Masterfully well researched! This is not just a story about frontier legends like Laclde. It's a story about an imperial structure, of which St. Ange and his family were the most important representatives. The authors do a great job of including the larger imperial story--legal codes, notaries, trade rules and regulations, and officials like St. Ange and Labuxire--in the founding story. There is nuance and detail here that will impress any historian."--Robert Morrissey, author of Bottomlands, Borderlands: Empires and Identities in the 18th Century Illinois Country "In illuminating the neglected career of Louis St. Ange de Bellerive, Carl J. Ekberg and Sharon K. Person have corrected origin stories of St. Louis that usually focus only on Auguste Chouteau and his surrogate father, Pierre Laclde. Digging deeper, Ekberg and Person have mined new archival sources to excavate the social, cultural, and economic development of the Illinois Country in the eighteenth century. This book is a great present to the city on its 250th birthday, and is a signal contribution to the colonial history of the Mississippi River valley."--Stephen Aron, author of American Confluence: The Missouri Frontier from Borderland to Border State "Louis St. Ange de Bellerive's compelling story, told here for the first time, reveals the extent of his service to France with a career that took him from Fort Orleans, to Vincennes, and finally to St. Louis, where he was . . . in command. Some of the authors' conclusions are sure to discomfort traditionalists, but their factually grounded arguments will prove difficult to refute."--William E. Foley, author of Wilderness Journey: The Life of William Clark and coauthor of The First Chouteaus: River Barons of Early St. Louis Carl Ekberg is a professor emeritus of history at Illinois State University. His many books include A French Aristocrat in the American West: The Shattered Dreams of Delassus de Luzires and Stealing Indian Women: Native Slavery in the Illinois Country, and he is a two-time winner of the Kemper and Leila Williams Prize. Sharon Person is a professor of English specializing in English as a Second Language at St. Louis Community College, St. Louis Missouri. 
Price: 90.25 USD
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4 GRADEL, THOMAS J.; SIMPSON, DICK. Corrupt Illinois: Patronage, Cronyism, And Criminality.
University of Illinois Press, Urbana and Chicago: 2015. s Softcover. Brand new book. 
Corrupt Illinois Patronage, Cronyism, and Criminality Kindling a fire to clear the tangled undergrowth of Illinois politics Public funds spent on jets and horses. Shoeboxes stuffed with embezzled cash. Ghost payrolls and incarcerated ex-governors. Illinois' culture of "Where's mine?" and the public apathy it engenders has made our state and local politics a disgrace. Corrupt Illinois lays out a blueprint to transform our politics from a pay-to-play-driven marketplace into what it should be: an instrument of public good. Thomas J. Gradel spent 35 years as a media consultant and served on the staff of Governor Dan Walker. He is a freelance writer and political researcher. Dick Simpson is a professor, former head of the Department of Political Science at the University of Illinois at Chicago, former Chicago alderman and congressional candidate. His books include Rogues, Rebels, and Rubber Stamps: The Politics of the Chicago City Council from 1863 to the Present and Teaching Civic Engagement. "Corrupt Illinois is the most comprehensive account of corruption in our state ever published. It proposes cures, which will take decades to implement fully, but which deserve our attention now."--Governor Jim Edgar, from the foreword "Gradel and Simpson have chronicled corruption in Illinois for decades. Here they sum up their findings in distressing, damning detail. The authors propose important steps to tamp down this corruption."--James A. Nowlan, former state representative and co-author of Fixing Illinois: Politics and Policy in the Prairie State "Corrupt Illinois documents the vast scope and depth of corruption in Illinois politics, which is a monumental achievement in itself. Of equal importance, it explores the underlying roots of that corruption, building an understanding of its dynamics and the policy changes necessary to address it."--Kent Redfield, professor emeritus of political science, University of Illinois at Springfield 
Price: 18.95 USD
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5 HARRIS, NEIL; DE WIT, WIM; GILBERT, JAMES & RYDELL, ROBERT W.; LEWIS, RUSSELL (INTRODUCTION). Grand Illusions: Chicago's World's Fair Of 1893.
Chicago Historical Society, Chicago: 1993. 0913820180 / 9780913820186 First Edition (unstated). s Softcover. Very good condition. 
Prepared for the Exhibition held at the Chicago Historical Society from May 1, 1993 to July 17, 1994. Highly illustrated. Includes an Index. 
Price: 219.69 USD
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6 JAKLE, JOHN A.; SCULLE, KEITH A. Picturing Illinois: Twentieth- Century Postcard Art From Chicago To Cairo.
University of Illinois Press, Urbana and Chicago: 2012. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book. 
Reading the messages on postcards from Illinois The American picture postcard debuted around the start of the twentieth century, creating an enthusiasm for sending and collecting postcard art that continued for decades. As a form of popular culture, scenic postcards strongly influenced how Americans conceptualized both faraway and nearby places through portrayals of landscapes, buildings, and historic sites. In this gloriously illustrated history of the picture postcard in Illinois, John A. Jakle and Keith A. Sculle study a rich and diverse set of images that chronicle what Illinoisans considered attractive, intriguing, and memorable. They also discuss how messages written on postcards reveal the sender's personal interpretation of local geography and scenery. The most popularly depicted destination was Chicago, America's great boomtown. Its portraits are especially varied, showing off its high-rise architecture, its teeming avenues, and the vitality of its marketplaces and even slaughterhouses. Postcards featuring downstate locales, however, elaborated and reinforced stereotypes that divided the state, portraying the rest of Illinois as the counterpoint to Chicago's urban bustle. Scores of cards from Springfield, Peoria, Bloomington-Normal, Urbana-Champaign, Quincy, and Vandalia emphasize wide-open prairies, modest civic edifices, and folksy charm. The sense of dichotomy between Chicago and the rest of Illinois was, of course, a substantial fallacy, since the city's very prosperity depended upon the entire state's fertile farmlands, natural resources, and small industries. Jakle and Sculle follow this dialogue between urban Chicago and rural downstate as it is illustrated on two hundred vintage postcards, observing both their common conventions and their variety. They also discuss the advances in printing technology in the early 1900s that made mass appeal possible. Providing rich historical and geographical context, Picturing Illinois: Twentieth-Century Postcard Art from Chicago to Cairo illustrates the picture postcard's significance in American popular culture and the unique ways in which Illinoisans pictured their world. "A delightful way to look at the city and state."--Jewish Star "Picturing Illinois succeeds in reconstructing the tourist's journey through Chicago and Downstate in an exceptionally engaging, informative, and often entertaining way."--Journal of Illinois History "The authors succeed in their effort to establish postcards as worthy of analysis and to suggest their importance as texts through which individuals, private businesses, and governments engaged with state history and landscapes."--The Annals of Iowa "This compelling collection of archive images shows Chicago and Illinois at their best. The postcard images, family portraits, and advertising art will stimulate readers' imaginations, making them yearn to have been there."--John C. Hudson, author of Chicago: A Geography of the City and Its Region "A fascinating photographic look at the astounding metropolis and the Lincoln-haunted American heartland that together characterize our remarkable state of Illinois. This attractive book will have strong appeal for casual readers as well as serious students interested in Illinois history, photographic art, and the cultural impact of the picture postcard."--John E. Hallwas, author of Dime Novel Desperadoes: The Notorious Maxwell Brothers John A. Jakle is a professor emeritus of geography at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Keith A. Sculle is the former head of research and education for the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency. Together they have coauthored several books, including Fast Food: Roadside Restaurants in the Automobile Age, The Motel in America, and The Gas Station in America. 
Price: 31.30 USD
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7 NELSON, RONALD E. (EDITOR). Illinois: Land And Life In The Prairie State.
Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company, Dubuque: 1978. 0840318316 / 9780840318312 First Edition (Unstated). s Softcover. Good condition. 
A geographical textbook written entirely by geography scholars from within the borders of Illinois. 
Price: 94.76 USD
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8 RANNEY, EDWARD (PHOTOGRAPHS); HISS, TONY (PROLOGUE); HARRIS, EMILY J. (ESSAYS); HEAT-MOON, WILLIAM LEAST (EPILOGUE). Prairie Passage: The Illinois And Michigan Canal Corridor.
University of Illinois Press, Urbana and Chicago / Canal Corridor Association: 1998. 0252067142 / 9780252067143 First Printing. s Softcover. Good condition. 
Celebrates the remarkable ninety-seven-mile water highway known as the Illinois and Michigan Canal, completed in 1848 and closed in 1933, that helped turn the muddy setlement of Chicago into the most important city in the Midwest. The stunning photographs in Prairie Passage, which provide a fresh perspective on how we use and live on the land, are complemented by historical images and essays that document how people have traveled through, settled, and altered the region, as well as by a prologue that puts the Canal Corridor in a national context of regional conservation movements and an epilogue that offers a personal statement on the the resonance of special places for those who care about the American landscape. 
Price: 68.26 USD
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9 TAYLOR, TROY. Haunted Decatur.
Whitechapel Productions, Decatur: April 1995. First Printing. s Softcover. Very good condition. 
Signed by the author. This is a book about ghosts and a place called Decatur, Illinois. It is not your average midwest city. It also had the very first stoplights, the first turn signal indicators and one of the first motor cars in America. Decatoior also had the first automobile death in the United States. It also has a very large number of ghosts. 
Price: 126.35 USD
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