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In this collection of articles describing the people, places, and folkways of southern Illinois, John W. Allen provides entertaining and informative glimpses into the region’s past. Included here are sketches of the early pioneering days when wolves were literally chased from the door, stories about the many Indian artifacts discovered among the rolling hills and valleys of the area, and articles pertaining to the strategic role the region played during the Civil War. Allen also describes the activities of such infamous outlaws as Samuel Mason and the Harpe brothers as well as the famous Illinois-born heroes “Bat” Masterson, “Wild Bill” Hickok, and Wyatt Earp.

            In his warm and friendly style, Allen reminisces about the self-sufficient and satisfying rural life of a previous generation with its oxcarts, pie suppers, threshing machines, kerosene lamps, and blacksmith shops. Any reader interested in southern Illinois and its history will delight in this collection of stories from John W. Allen’s popular newspaper column, “It Happened in Southern Illinois.”

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Book Title
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  1. Copyright Page
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-viii
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. John W. Allen: A Personal Word
  2. pp. xi-xv
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  1. Preface
  2. p. xvii
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  1. 1. Individuals: SOUTHERN ILLINOIS HAS A STORIED BACKGROUND
  2. pp. 3-48
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  1. 2. Folklore: STRANGE BELIEFS ABOUT BIRDS
  2. pp. 49-74
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  1. 3. Indians: AN ANCIENT EMBLEM
  2. pp. 75-85
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  1. 4. Landmarks: THE VANISHING LANDSCAPE
  2. pp. 86-107
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  1. 5. Travel: A SOUTHERN ILLINOIS TOUR
  2. pp. 108-138
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  1. 6. Business and Industry: ANTIQUES TELL HOW PEOPLE LIVED
  2. pp. 139-173
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  1. 7. Farm Life: ARTIFACTS TELL STORIES
  2. pp. 174-206
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  1. Gallery of Illustrations
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  1. 8. Schools: SOME CALL IT NOSTALGIA
  2. pp. 218-238
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  1. 9. Special Days: AN ECHO OF OLD CHRISTMAS
  2. pp. 239-258
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  1. 10. Churches: MOSTLY ABOUT CHURCHES
  2. pp. 259-272
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  1. 11. Law and Order: ORGANIZED GRIME AND SAMUEL MASON
  2. pp. 273-284
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  1. 12. Slavery: "EGYPT" AND THE MASON-DIXON LINE
  2. pp. 285-292
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  1. 13. The Military: HIGH SCHOOL BOYS RETRACE CLARK'S TRAIL
  2. pp. 293-322
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  1. 14. Rivers: THE DARK BEND OF THE AMBRAW
  2. pp. 323-334
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  1. 15. Towns--New and Old: SHILOH HILL IS WORTH VISITING
  2. pp. 335-355
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  1. 16. Speech: LANGUAGE OF HORSE AND BUGGY DAYS
  2. pp. 356-361
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  1. 17. What They Said About Us: HISTORY OF THE ENGLISH SETTLEMENT IN EDWARDS COUNTY
  2. pp. 362-374
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  1. 18. Random Stories: WANDERING IN A WONDERLAND
  2. pp. 375-387
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 389-400
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  1. Also In The Shawnee Classics Series
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  1. Back Cover
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780809385669
Related ISBN
9780809329687
MARC Record
OCLC
793206725
Pages
400
Launched on MUSE
2013-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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