In the 1950s and OCy60s, John W. Allen told the people of southern Illinois about themselvesOCoabout their region, its history, and its folkwaysOCoin his series of newspaper articles, OC It Happened in Southern Illinois.OCO Each installment of the series depicted a single item of interestOCoa town, a building, an enterprise, a person, an event, a ...
In the 1950s and OCy60s, John W. Allen told the people of southern Illinois about themselvesOCoabout their region, its history, and its folkwaysOCoin his series of newspaper articles, OC It Happened in Southern Illinois.OCO Each installment of the series depicted a single item of interestOCoa town, a building, an enterprise, a person, an event, a custom.a Originally published in 1963, "Legends & Lore of Southern Illinois" brings together a selection of these articles preserving a valuable body of significant local history and cultural lore. During territorial times and early statehood, southern Illinois was the most populous and most influential part of the state. But the advent of the steamboat and the building of the National Road made the lands to the west and north more easily accessible, and the later settlers struck out for the more expansive and fertile prairies. The effect of this movement was to isolate that section of the state known as Egypt and halt its development, creating what Allen termed OC an historical eddy.OCO Bypassed as it was by the main current of westward expansion and economic growth, its culture changed very slowly. Methods, practices, and the tools of the pioneer continued in use for a long time. The improved highways and better means of communication of the twentieth century brought a marked change upon the region, and daily life no longer differed materially from that of other areas. aaaaaaaaaaa Against such a cultural and historical backdrop, Mr. Allen wrote these sketches of the people of southern IllinoisOCoof their folkways and beliefs, their endeavors, successes, failures, and tragedies, and of the land to which they came.a There are stories here of slaves and their masters, criminals, wandering peddlers, politicians, law courts and vigilantes, and of boat races on the rivers. Allen also looks at the regionOCOs earlier history, describing American Indian ruins, monuments, and artifacts as well as the native populationOCOs encounters with European settlers. aaaaaaaaaaa Many of the vestiges of the regionOCOs past culture have all but disappeared, surviving only in museums and in the written record. This new paperback edition of "Legends & Lore of Southern Illinois "brings that past culture to life again in AllenOCOs descriptive, engaging style.
Very good in very good dust jacket. Hardcover; VG condition; (shelf b92); some foxing to page edges; light shelfwear; 404 p. Includes: illustrations, index. "An outstanding history of Southern Illinois examining its history, the region, and its folkways. A great contribution to local history and culture";
Very Good. No Jacket. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" Signed by Author Cloth boards, gilt lettering. Mild shelfwear, tape stain on front pastedown, gift inscription on second front endpaper & second rear endpaper. Signed on front endpaper by author. Index, 404 pp. Text clean & tight.
B000NPOCLK. 2nd prtg. Minor cover wear; textblock slightly out of square; uneven browning due to laid-in material at front endpapers (now removed). Hinges sound, uncracked; pgs tight, clean, unmarked. Lacks DJ.
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