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Kay J. Carr

Pen Name: None

Connection to Illinois: The Author received her Ph. D. from the University of Chicago in 1987 and joined the faculty in the History Department at SIU in 1989.



Primary Literary Genre(s): History; Non-Fiction

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers; Young adult readers

Kay J. Carr on WorldCat :

Selected Titles

A woman's story of pioneer Illinois
ISBN: 0809319802 OCLC: 31075390

Southern Illinois University Press, Carbondale : ©1995.

Christiana and John Tillson moved from Massachusetts to central Illinois in 1822. Upon arriving in Montgomery County near what would soon be Hillsboro, they set up a general store and real estate business and began to raise a family. A half century later, in 1870, Christiana Tillson wrote about her early days in Illinois in a memoir published by R. R. Donnelley in 1919. The Tillsons lived quite ordinary lives in extraordinary times, notes Kay J. Carr, introducing this edition. They moved west and prospered in the land business at a time when America was being transformed from a rural, agricultural country into an urban, industrial nation. Their views and sensibilities, Carr says, might seem strange to us, but they were entirely normal to people in the early nineteenth century. Thus Tillson's memoir provides fascinating but believable snapshots of ordinary nineteenth-century American life.

Belleville, Ottawa, and Galesburg :
ISBN: 0809320177 OCLC: 32700562

Southern Illinois University Press, Carbondale : ©1996.

Because Illinois stood at the center of the changes wrought by the national evolution from an agrarian to an industrial society, the history of the state's settlement, Carr argues, serves as an excellent laboratory in which to observe the momentous transformations of the time. With a few notable exceptions, however, historians have essentially ignored the social history of Illinois during that crucial period. Filling this gap, Carr examines the development of community social and political structures in Belleville, Ottawa, and Galesburg.

  Historical encyclopedia of Illinois
ISBN: 140350010X OCLC: 805014446

[Brookhaven Press], [La Crosse, Wis.] : [©2001]

The Illinois & Michigan Canal National Heritage Corridor :
ISBN: 0875801285 OCLC: 17547518

Northern Illinois University Press, DeKalb, Ill. : 1988.

This vol. is primarily a bibliography of sources about the canal that runs from Chicago to LaSalle, Ill. Historical information is included.