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A History of the Land and Its People
Award of Excellence, Illinois State Historical Society, 2006
"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
Crossroads of the continent, Land of Lincoln, hub of commerce—or, as Charles Dickens viewed it, a landscape "oppressive in its barren monotony"—Illinois boasts a rich and varied past. In this far-reaching but compact history, Roger Biles provides a much-needed, up-to-date account of the state’s development, from the early native settlements to the present. Focusing on Illinois’s demographic changes over time, he highlights the key figures who contributed to the state’s government, economy, culture, and the arts.
(2005) 351 pp., illus.
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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