in The Sangamo Frontier

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print November 2006 | ISBN: 9780226514246
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226514239 | DOI:

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This book is about the recollections and debris of a particular place at a particular time—the place is a roughly 1500-square-mile area in what is now called central Illinois; the time was a roughly twenty-year period in the early nineteenth century. The Sangamo Country, named after a shallow river that cut through the prairies, underwent a great change as a young American culture poured itself into an aboriginal wilderness. The archaeological excavations described in this book (as well as the histories that have been pieced together from the written record) help to better define a place and a time; they also allow us to see past the veneer of a familiar history and a modern landscape.

Keywords: prairies; central Illinois; Sangamo Country; archaeological excavations; history; landscape

Chapter.  3235 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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