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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Robert E. Hartley  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Illinois History Illinois Politics

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1936 in Winfield, Kansas

-- Robert E. Hartley on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Robert was a journalist and group editor of the former Lidsey-Schaub newspapers in Illinois, which included papers in Decatur, Carbondale, East St. Louis, Edwardsville and Champaign-Urbana.

Biographical and Professional Information

Hartley was a journalist and group editor of the former Lidsey-Schaub newspapers in Illinois. He has written books on Illinois history and politics, including books on Illinois politicians Paul Powell and Paul Simon. His book ''Lewis & Clark in the Illinois Coutnry: The Little-Told Story'' focuses on the prelude to the historic expedition, from the American Revolution to 1803, and the crucial six months in the winter of 1803-04 that the exploreres spent in the Illinois country, recruiting and gathering supplies and infomration. The expeditiion began more than 200 years ago with the creation of a camp near what is now known as Wood River in Madison County.

Selected Titles At Your Library

Charles H. Percy :
ISBN: 0528810189. OCLC Number:

Rand McNally,. Chicago :. 1975.

Paul Powell of Illinois :
ISBN: 0809322714. OCLC Number:

Southern Illinois University Press,. Carbondale :. ©1999.

Lewis and Clark in the Illinois country :
ISBN: 1401057942. OCLC Number:

Sniktau Publications ;. Westminster, CO :. 2002.

An uncertain tradition :
ISBN: 0809325497. OCLC Number:

Southern Illinois University Press,. Carbondale :. ©2003.

This sweeping survey constitutes the first comprehensive treatment of the 47 individuals -- 46 white males and one African American female -- who have been chosen to represent Illinois in the United States Senate from 1818 to 2003. Political issues changing over time are illuminated by the lives of participants in the politics of choice and service in the Senate. Integrated with the currents of local and national politics, the stories of the senators' lives and careers impart a distinct and wide-ranging view of Illinois's political traditions. From the notorious to the heroic, the popular to the pioneering, the senatorial roster includes such luminaries as "The Little Giant" Stephen A. Douglas; Lyman Trumbull, who served three terms in the Civil War era; "Uncle Dick" and "Black Jack," also known as Richard Oglesby and John A. Logan; the "Wizard of Ooze" Everett Dirksen; and modern leaders such as Adlai Stevenson III, Paul Simon, and Carol Moseley-Braun.

Death underground :
ISBN: 0809327058. OCLC Number:

Southern Illinois University Press,. Carbondale :. ©2006.

"Death Underground: The Centralia and West Frankfort Mine Disasters examines two of the most devastating coal mine disasters in United States history since 1928. In two southern Illinois towns only forty miles apart, explosions killed 111 men at the Centralia No. 5 mine in 1947 and 119 men at the New Orient No. 2 mine in West Frankfort in 1951. Robert E. Hartley and David Kenney explain the causes of the accidents, identify who was to blame, and detail the emotional impact the disasters had on the survivors, their families, and their communities." "Politics at the highest level of Illinois government played a critical role in the conditions that led to the accidents, assert Hartley and Kenney, who outline how the outcome at the Centralia mine directly influenced the 1948 gubernatorial election. They also tell the story of Driscoll Scanlan, a state inspector at Centralia, who warned of an impending disaster but whose political enemies shifted the blame to him, ruining his career." "Hartley and Kenney include interviews with the survivors, a summary of the investigative records, and an analysis of the causes of both mine accidents. Augmented by twenty-nine illustrations, the volume also covers the history, culture, and ethnic pluralism of coal mining in Illinois and the United States. Book jacket."--Jacket.

Saving Yellowstone :
ISBN: 1425771211. OCLC Number:

Sniktau Publications,. Westminister, CO :. ©2007.

Describes the August 1883 military expedition which was headed by President Chester A. Arthur and guided by Lt. Gen. Philip Sheridan, through the Wyoming Territory to reach Yellowstone National Park. Its goal was to inform citizens of the area's scenic attractions and the need to preserve the park.

Paul Simon :
ISBN: 080932945X. OCLC Number:

Southern Illinois University Press,. Carbondale :. ©2009.

With Paul Simon: The Political Journey of an Illinois Original, author Robert E. Hartley presents the first thorough, objective volume on the journalistic and political career of one of Illinois's most respected public figures. Hartley's detailed account offers a fully rounded portrait of a man whose ideals and tenacity not only spurred reform on both state and national levels during his celebrated forty-year career but also established the lasting legacy of a political legend. Simon first became a public figure at the age of nineteen, when he assumed th.

The heroic and the notorious :
ISBN: 080933108X. OCLC Number:

Southern Illinois University Press,. Carbondale :. ©2012.

Battleground 1948 :
ISBN: 0809332663. OCLC Number:

Southern Illinois University Press,. Carbondale :. 2013.

The election year of 1948 remains to this day one of the most astonishing in U.S. political history. During this first general election after World War II, Americans looked to their governments for change. As the battle for the nation's highest office came to a head in Illinois, the state was embroiled in its own partisan showdowns-elections that would prove critical in the course of state and national history. In Battleground 1948, Robert E. Hartley offers the first comprehensive chronicle of this historic election year and its consequences, which still reso.

The dealmakers of downstate Illinois :
ISBN: 0809334747. OCLC Number:

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Many people are unaware that from 1945 to 1975, downstate lawmakers dominated the Illinois political arena. In TheDealmakers of Downstate Illinois, Robert E. Hartley details the lives and contributions of three influential southern Illinois politicians, Paul Powell, Clyde Choate, and John Stelle. He describes how these "dealmakers" were able to work with Democrats and Republicans throughout the state to bring jobs and facilities to their region. Using a variety of coalitions, they maintained downstate political strength in the face of growing Chicago influence. Hartley traces the personal hist.


Award of Merit from Illinois State Historical Society in 1980 for

Big Jim Thompson of Illinois

Certificates of Excellence from the Illinois Historical Society in

  • 2007 for
  • Death Underground

    Speaking Engagements

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