Offering a rich and expansive history that extends far beyond the familiar anecdotes about Abraham Lincoln and the Great Chicago Fire, Illinois: A History in Pictures gathers drawings, engravings, photographs, maps, and other illustrations to inspire imaginations young and old to envision the history of Illinois in all its depth and breadth. Gerald A. Danzer distills the story of Illinois from these visual artifacts, exploring the state's history from its earliest peoples and their encounters with European settlers, through territorial struggles and the strife of the Civil War, and into the modern era of industry and urbanization. More than one hundred images capture dramatic moments and illustrate the growth and changes in the Prairie State's history, from the settlement of its territories to the construction of homes, factories, and statehouses. Danzer pays special attention to the maps of Illinois, showing how the state's character and prosperity have been shaped by the Great Lakes and great rivers at its borders and by the roads and railroads built to connect its people. Attending closely to the details of daily life, Illinois: A History in Pictures also focuses on notable people throughout the state's history, including the Ottawa Chief Pontiac and the Sauk Chief Black Hawk, pioneers of social justice Jane Addams and Mother Jones, sports heroes such as Red Grange, and of course American leaders Abraham Lincoln and Ronald Reagan. Danzer connects personal and local experiences to national affairs and global perspectives, pointing to Illinois's diverse populations and culture in the new millennium.
Gerald A. Danzer is a professor emeritus of history at the University of Illinois at Chicago. A former director of the Chicago Neighborhood History Project, he is the coauthor of numerous history textbooks, including America! America!, Land and People: A World Geography, and The Americans.
Preface ix one Contours: The Physical Geography of Illinois 1 two Early People to 1700 13 three The French Encounter and Settlements, 1673-1750 29 four The Struggle for Empire, 1750-83 41 five The Territorial Period, 1783-1818 55 six The Pioneers, 1818-50 71 seven Railroads and the Civil War, 1850-71 93 eight The Industrial Surge, 1870-1900 111 nine Structures of Modern Life, 1900-1930 137 ten Depression, War, and Recovery, 1930-60 163 eleven Suburbanization and Globalization, 1960-90 183 twelve Entering Century 21: Illinois after 1990 203 Reading Illinois History: Some Suggestions 223 Credits and Notes 229 Index 237