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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  James E. Davis  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult;

Born: N/A

-- James E. Davis on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

James Davis lives in Jacksonville, Il.

Biographical and Professional Information

James Davis is a Research Professor of History at Illinois College.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

ISBN: 0131159593


Connect Citizenship To Your Students' World.

Frontier Illinois (A History of the Trans-Appalachian Frontier)
ISBN: 0253214068

Indiana University Press. 2000

Now in paperback!

Frontier Illinois
James E. Davis

A comprehensive, readable history of this distinctive prairie state before the Civil War.... This deft synthesis of existing knowledge is likely to become the standard modern history of Illinois." ―Kirkus Reviews

Davis provides an incisive portrait of prairie society.... A fresh and sophisticated survey of early Illinois." ―Choice

O, this is a delightful country!" one newly arrived settler wrote to a friend back East. Indeed, as James E. Davis shows, many newcomers found Illinois a hospitable and relatively peaceful place in which to start a new life. In this sweeping history of the making of the state, Davis tells the story of Illinois from the Ice Age to the eve of the Civil War. He describes the earliest Indian
civilizations, the coming of LaSalle and Joliet and the founding of the French colony, the brief history of British Illinois, and the complex history of subsequent settlement that brought distinct cultural traditions to Illinois.

A major theme of this book is the relative absence of violence, at least after the Blackhawk War of 1832, even over explosive issues such as slavery. Davis treats these developments in careful detail, while keeping the reader mindful of the experiences of Illinois’ ordinary people.

James E. Davis is William and Charlotte Gardner Professor of History and Professor of Geography at Illinois College. He is author of Frontier America, 1800–1840: A Comparative
Demographic Analysis of the Settlement Process and Dreams to Dust.

A History of the Trans-Appalachian Frontier series―Walter Nugent and Malcolm Rohrbough, general editors

Sales territory is worldwide
A History of the Trans-Appalachian Frontier
1998 432 pages, 13 b&w photos, 5 maps, notes, bibl., index, 6 x 9
cloth 0-253-33423-3 $39.95 L / £28.50
paper 0-253-21406-8 $18.95 t / £13.50



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