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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Victor Hicken  

Pen Name: None

Genre: History Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: September 28, 1921, in Witt, IL

Died: 2010 in Iowa City, Iowa

-- Victor Hicken on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Hicken grew up and attended public schools in Gillespie. He earned a Bachelor of Education degree from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. After military service, he attended University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. from which he received a Master of Arts and Ph.D. in American History. He went on to become a professor at Western Illinois University. He also taught courses at Knox College in Galesburg and at Black Hawk College in Moline.

Biographical and Professional Information

Victor Hicken was considered an outstanding teacher of Illinois state and local history. He wrote substantially in this area and was a Distinguished Professor of History at Western Illinois University before his retirement.

In his 34-year tenure as professor of history at the University, he was named Most Popular Teacher by students, as well as the first Annual Faculty Lecturer, a tradition which began with his address. He served as chair of the History Department from 1967-1969; and in 1976 he was voted Illinois Author of the Year by Illinois Association of Teachers of English. During his last five years at WIU, he held the position of Distinguished University Professor, the first and only WIU professor to be awarded this honor by a faculty committee.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Tales from Two Rivers III
ISBN: 9991337083

Two Rivers Arts Council. 1984

This book is from the early 1900's up to the 50's. The author describe the sociological changes of history in central Illinois. This is a must have book of the twenty century.

Illinois in the Civil War
ISBN: 0252061659

University of Illinois Press. 1991

Victor Hicken tells the richly detailed story of the common soldiers who marched from Illinois to fight and die on Civil War battlefields. The second edition of the 1966 classic includes a new preface, twenty-four illustrations, and a twenty-five-page addendum to the bibliography that provides many new sources of information on Illinois regiments.

The purple and the gold;: The story of Western Illinois University
ISBN: B0006C5F7A

Western Illinois University Foundation. 1970

The World is Coming to an End!: An irreverent look at modern doomsayers
ISBN: 0870003038

Arlington House Publishers. 1975

"The 1960s represented a giant Wood-stock of doom saying," writes this wry critic." I am quite sure that some of the people who were so eminently quotable in the Sixties would just as soon forget what they said or wrote. The greatest lesson in responsibility, however, is to be held responsible for one's statements." Victor Hicken lets nothing escape his notice. All the prophets of political, social and ecological doom get their turn to squirm. Metropolitan newspapers, the campus and underground press, college professors, public officials - they all had their fling in this orgy of rhetorical brinkmanship: Dave Dellinger (and so many others), "who left prophecies of doom wherever he could find a paying college audience." The New York Times, whose "Op Ed page alone was loaded with so many predictions of gloom for the future that one must almost feel, as Keats put it, 'half in love with easeful death." The Wandervogel, those "sad-faced, humorless children of the urban middle class" who -are really incipient George Apleys of the future. One can see them now - telling their children about those hard days of the 1960s."


Awarded ''Illinois Author of the Year'' by the Illinois Association of Teachers of English in 1976.