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Prairie State: Impressions of Illinois, 1673-1967, Travelers and Other Observers by Paul M. Angle

Prairie State: Impressions of Illinois, 1673-1967,

Published 1968
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Hardcover
624 pages
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In Prairie State, Paul M. Angle has collected the impressions of travelers and settlers who saw Illinois at all stages of its history. The material ranges from letters to friends and diaries that were never intended for publication, to formal travelMoreIn Prairie State, Paul M. Angle has collected the impressions of travelers and settlers who saw Illinois at all stages of its history. The material ranges from letters to friends and diaries that were never intended for publication, to formal travel accounts. Angle has emphasized descriptive rather than narrative material with the result that Prairie State reveals as much about the observers as it does about the experiences they record.Through the eyes of obscure farmers, genteel lady travelers, or famous visitors like Dickens, Sidney Webb, and Simone de Beauvoir, Prairie State vividly presents developing Illinois, showing the transformation of this far western frontier from territory to state. Throughout the book, Angle has balanced descriptions of Chicago with pictures of downstate Illinois, reminding readers that towns like Galena and Cairo were thriving population centers when Chicago was a way station, and an unpromising one at that.Prairie State was sponsored by the Illinois Sesquicentennial Commission for the 150th anniversary of the State of Illinois. The text is illustrated with line drawings by Virgil Burnett and maps by Barbara Long.