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Corn kings & one-horse thieves : a plain-spoken history of mid-Illinois

Author: James Krohe
Publisher: Carbondale : Southern Illinois University Press, [2017] ©2017
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In Corn Kings and One-Horse Thieves, James Krohe Jr. presents an engaging history of an often overlooked region, filled with fascinating stories and surprising facts about Illinois's midsection. Krohe describes in lively prose the history of mid-Illinois from the Woodland period of prehistory up until roughly 1960, covering the settlement of the region by peoples of disparate races and religions; the exploitation
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: James Krohe
ISBN: 9780809336029 0809336022
OCLC Number: 956626021
Description: x, 346 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
Contents: In the middle of everywhere: an introduction to mid-Illinois --
A classic mixing zone: the peopling of mid-Illinois --
Eden despoiled: nature's economy in mid-Illinois --
"Wondrous plant": the industrialization of nature in mid-Illinois --
Town mania: the urban frontier of mid-Illinois --
"Well known repugnances": antagonism and accommodation in mid-Illinois --
"Making the world a little more Christan": the salvation of mid-Illinois --
The urge to improve: educating mid-Illinois --
Realizing the ideal: the perfectionist impulse in mid-Illinois --
Jiggery-pokery: practical politics in mid-Illinois --
Rollover territory: getting from here to there in mid-Illinois --
Growing factories: mid-Illinois's industrial heyday --
Epilogue.
Other Titles: Corn kings and one-horse thieves
Responsibility: James Krohe Jr.

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