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Roadside History of Illinois

by Stan Banash

Did you know that Chicago was named for a wild onion? Or that the only president born in Illinois was Ronald Reagan? Or that the Ferris Wheel, processed cheese, the game of softball, the fly swatter, and the...

The Chicago World's Fair of 1893: A Photographic Record

by Stanley Appelbaum

128 rare, vintage photographs: 200 buildings — 79 of foreign governments, 38 of U.S. states — the original ferris wheel, first midway, Edison's kinetoscope, much more. 128 black-and-white photographs. Captions....

Maxwell Land Grant: Facsimile of 1942 Edition

by William A. Keleher

When the United States acquired New Mexico by invasion and conquest on August 15, 1846, it inherited a land grant problem of considerable magnitude. This problem continued for decades until 1870 when the United...

Blacksnake?s Path: The True Adventures of William Wells

by William Heath

This splendid novel about an unsung hero of American history carries its prodigious learning lightly in order to tell vividly the authentic story of William Wells’s remarkable life. Blacksnake’s Path recreates...

The Rock Island Line

by Bill Marvel

This richly illustrated volume tells the story of a legendary railroad whose tracks spanned the Midwest, serving farms and small-town America for more than 140 years. One of the earliest railroads to build westward...

The Children's Blizzard

by David Laskin

“David Laskin deploys historical fact of the finest grain to tell the story of a monstrous blizzard that caught the settlers of the Great Plains utterly by surprise. Using the storm as a lens, [he] captures...

The South Side: The Racial Transformation of an American Neighborhood

by Louis Rosen

A powerful and moving story of the racial transformation of an American neighborhood, told in memoir and oral narrative. "It deserves to become a classic....This text needs to be understood and performed at...

CVC Veri A Guide to the Epic of the Martian Empire

by Lee Cdn Streiff & Alison Lee Scott


By Lee Streiff

"In 1937 James Streiff and Bob Parks created 'the Epic of the Martian Empire'; in 1942 Paul Carter added his vision of the Cosmic Vortex to it, and the Universe was never the same again..."...

Forty Years a Fur Trader On the Upper Missouri

by Charles Larpenteur

Charles Larpenteur, born 1803, died 1872, was an American fur trader, whose memoir and diary frequently have been used as a source to fur trade history.

During his forty years in the fur trade Larpenteur diligently...


by John D. Pihach

Born the son of a Wyandot Chief in Kansas in 1849, Irvin Mudeater was a celebrated buffalo hunter—killing 126 in just one day—who ran wagon trains to Santa Fe, was caught up in the Civil War, and lived as...

A People's History of Chicago

by Kevin Coval & Chancellor Bennett

  • Cover art by world-renowned street artist Hebru Brantley.

  • Foreword by world-renowned hip-hop artist Chance the Rapper.

  • Kevin Coval was named "Chicago's Best Poet" by the Chicago Reader in 2014 and 2016.

  • The Battle of Lincoln Park

    by Daniel Kay Hertz

    In the years after World War II, a movement began to bring the middle class back from the Chicago suburbs to the Lincoln Park neighborhood on the city's North Side. In place of the old, poorly maintained apartments...

    The Handy Wisconsin Answer Book

    by Terri Schlichenmeyer & Mark Meier

    A convenient place to go to look up the basic—and fun—facts about Wisconsin, its history and culture, The Handy Wisconsin Answer Book is an engaging look at the state and its citizens. The easy-to-use, question-and-answer...

    The Land Remembers

    by Ben Logan, Curt Meine & Curt D. Meine

    This beloved American memoir is about a farm and its people, recollections of a boyhood in Wisconsin's Driftless region. Ben Logan grew up on Seldom Seen Farm with his three brothers, father, mother, and hired...

    Motor City Music

    by Mark Slobin

    This is the first-ever historical study across all musical genres in any American metropolis. Detroit in the 1940s-60s was not just "the capital of the twentieth century" for industry and the war effort, but...

    Pirates of the Prairie

    by Ken Lizzio

    The dramatic story of outlaws and vigilantes on the American frontier invariably calls to mind the Wild West of the latter nineteenth century. Yet, there was an earlier frontier, Illinois, that was every bit...

    Outrage in Ohio

    by David Kimmel

    - A true crime story of the horrific death of 13 year-old Mary Secaur and the lynching of the suspects by citizens of Mercer County.

    - Release of this book coincides with our expansion of our list into new states....

    The Oregon Trail

    by Francis Parkman

    First published in 1849 and later revised in several subsequent editions, Francis Parkman’s The Oregon Trail is the definitive trail-journal. The author was 23 when he stepped on a steamer and began a two-month...

    Historic Photos of University of Michigan

    by Christina M Consolino, Michael Chmura & Michael Chumra

    Founded in Detroit, Michigan, in 1817 as one of the first public universities in the nation, the University of Michigan moved to Ann Arbor in 1837. What started as a forty-acre campus with four buildings, expanded...

    A Little Gleam of Time

    by Timothy A. Sexton

    Tucked away in the nations heartland, a boy was born the very summer the United States would enter the First World War. His name was Joe Sexton, and his life would bear witness to the dramatic and monumental...