The Land Of Milk And Uncle Honey

Author: Alan Guebert
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
ISBN: 0252097483
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"The river was in God's hands, the cows in ours." So passed the days on Indian Farm, a dairy operation on 700 acres of rich Illinois bottomland. In this collection, Alan Guebert and his daughter-editor Mary Grace Foxwell recall Guebert's years on the land working as part of that all-consuming collaborative effort known as the family farm. Here are Guebert's tireless parents, measuring the year not in months but in seasons for sewing, haying, and doing the books; Jackie the farmhand, needing ninety minutes to do sixty minutes' work and cussing the entire time; Hoard the dairyman, sore fingers wrapped in electrician's tape, sharing wine and the prettiest Christmas tree ever; and the unflappable Uncle Honey, spreading mayhem via mistreated machinery, flipped wagons, and the careless union of diesel fuel and fire. Guebert's heartfelt and humorous reminiscences depict the hard labor and simple pleasures to be found in ennobling work, and show that in life, as in farming, Uncle Honey had it right with his succinct philosophy for overcoming adversity: "the secret's not to stop."

Tales And Trails Of Illinois

Author: Stu Fliege
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
ISBN: 9780252070853
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Tells the stories of fifty-two significant events in the history of Illinois.

A Family Farm

Author: Robert L. Switzer
Publisher: Center for Amer Places Incorporated
ISBN: 9781935195344
Size: 78.30 MB
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During the past century two-thirds of all family-operated farms in America disappeared. A Family Farm is the personal story of one such farm from 1916 to 1991, told from the perspectives of four generations. The story begins with the author's grandparents, whose primitive way of farming in northern Illinois, described in evocative detail, was closer to the nineteenth century than to the twentieth. Their daughter, the author's mother, loses her hopes for a scholarly life during the Great Depression, and—though bookish and unsuited to farm life—returns to the farm with her husband, who describes in his own words his youthful years on a poor Illinois farm and as a rural schoolteacher. The family attempts to modernize the old farm and introduce up-to-date agricultural techniques, but their sons, the author and his brother, leave the farm after high school and unwittingly doom it to failure. It is the author's children who provide a brighter perspective, delighting in visits to their grandparents' farm even as they grow aware of its decline. A Family Farm ends with an elegiac description of death and of the winter auction at which the accumulation of seventy-five years of hard work and frugal living is sold to the highest bidder. Richly illustrated with art work, photographs, and documents, and set within the context of current trends in agricultural economics and rural life, A Family Farm offers an intimate and historical perspective on a now vanished way of life.

Educating Milwaukee

Author: James K. Nelsen
Publisher: Wisconsin Historical Society
ISBN: 0870207210
Size: 13.38 MB
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"Milwaukee's story is unique in that its struggle for integration and quality education has been so closely tied to [school] choice." --from the Introduction "Educating Milwaukee: How One City's History of Segregation and Struggle Shaped Its Schools" traces the origins of the modern school choice movement, which is growing in strength throughout the United States. Author James K. Nelsen follows Milwaukee's tumultuous education history through three eras--"no choice," "forced choice," and "school choice." Nelsen details the whole story of Milwaukee's choice movement through to modern times when Milwaukee families have more schooling options than ever--charter schools, open enrollment, state-funded vouchers, neighborhood schools--and yet Milwaukee's impoverished African American students still struggle to succeed and stay in school. "Educating Milwaukee" chronicles how competing visions of equity and excellence have played out in one city's schools in the modern era, offering both a cautionary tale and a "choice" example.


Author: Gerald A. Danzer
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
ISBN: 0252032888
Size: 40.11 MB
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Offering a rich and expansive history that extends far beyond the familiar anecdotes about Abraham Lincoln and the Great Chicago Fire, Illinois: A History in Pictures gathers drawings, engravings, photographs, maps, and other illustrations to inspire imaginations young and old to envision the history of Illinois in all its depth and breadth. Gerald A. Danzer distills the story of Illinois from these visual artefacts, exploring the state's history from its earliest peoples and their encounters with European settlers, through territorial struggles and the strife of the Civil War, and into the modern era of industry and urbanization. More than one hundred images capture dramatic moments and illustrate the growth and changes in the Prairie State's history, from the settlement of its territories to the construction of homes, factories, and statehouses. Danzer pays special attention to the maps of Illinois, showing how the state's character and prosperity have been shaped by the Great Lakes and great rivers at its borders and by the roads and railroads built to connect its people. Attending closely to the details of daily life, Illinois: A History in Pictures also focuses on notable people throughout the state's history, including the Ottawa chief Pontiac and the Sauk chief Black Hawk, pioneers of social justice Jane Addams and Mother Jones, sports heroes such as Red Grange, and of course American leaders Abraham Lincoln and Ronald Reagan. Danzer connects personal and local experiences to national affairs and global perspectives, pointing to Illinois's diverse populations and culture in the new millennium. Gerald A. Danzer is a professor emeritus of history at the University of Illinois at Chicago. A former director of the Chicago Neighborhood History Project, he is the co-author of numerous history textbooks, including America! America!, Land and People: A World Geography, and The Americans.

Max Armstrong

Author: Max Armstrong
ISBN: 9780985067380
Size: 43.73 MB
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Inspiring, touching and laugh-out-loud funny stories from acclaimed farm broadcaster Max Armstrongs travels across the Midwest, and around the world.


Author: Fannie A. Beers
Size: 24.73 MB
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Brown Girl Dreaming

Author: Jacqueline Woodson
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 0147515823
Size: 78.15 MB
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"Contains seven new, original poems by the author"--Page [4] of cover.

Golden Boy

Author: Martin Booth
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 9780312426262
Size: 27.46 MB
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An account of the author's coming-of-age in 1950s Hong Kong describes his experiences of early adolescence as a British citizen in a Chinese society and the conflicts between his Chinese-embracing mother and bigoted father.

Little Heathens

Author: Mildred Armstrong Kalish
Publisher: Bantam
ISBN: 0553384244
Size: 52.85 MB
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A memoir from a schoolteacher of growing up in the heart of the Midwest during the Great Depression describes her close family life on an Iowa farm during a time of endless work and resourcefulness, with no tolerance for idleness or waste.