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Company C, 96th Illinois Volunteer Infantry

By SIU Press

When curator Diana L. Dretske discovered that the five long-gone Union soldiers in a treasured photograph in the Bess Bower Dunn Museum were not fully identified, it compelled her into a project of recovery and reinterpretation.

Utilizing an impressive array of local and national archives, as well as private papers, the author's microhistorical approach records events that often go unnoticed, such as a farmer enlisting in the middle of a crop field, a sister searching her brother's face for signs of war, and an immigrant dying in an effort to become a good American citizen.

This book, the most intensive examination of the 96th Illinois Volunteer Infantry since the regiment's history was published in 1887, centers on immigrants from the British Isles who wished to be citizens of a country at war with itself.

Far removed from their native homelands, they found new promise in rural Illinois. These men, neighbors along the quiet Stateline Road in Lake County, decide to join the fighting at its most dangerous hour. The bonds of war become then the bonds of their new national identity.

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Posted on May 6, 2021
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Company C, 96th Illinois Volunteer Infantry

By SIU Press
Far removed from their native homelands, they found new promise in rural Illinois. These men, neighbors along the quiet Stateline Road in Lake County, decide to join the fighting at its most dangerous hour. The bonds of war become then the bonds of their new national identity.

Posted on May 6, 2021

Imagining What Alien Life Might Look Like

By Emily Cataneo/Undark
After all, aliens might be telekinetic, or all-knowing, or little green men with big heads, but why? Some outcomes are simply not likely, like a hyper-intelligent alien floating through the universe and philosophizing for no reason. Others are quite likely.

Posted on April 13, 2021

The Quest For Papa's Perfect Sentence

By David Rutter
Though the imitation was not deliberate, I took no solace. I knew it to be real. I could write better sentences as a fake Hemingway than I could write as the real me. That revelation was fearsome.

Posted on April 8, 2021

To Destroy White Supremacy, Interrogate The Canon

By Lorena German/The Hechinger Report
If we want to dismantle white supremacy in the imagination and work against the idea of Whiteness as property, we need to see how supremacist values have operated in our schools. Specifically, in canonical texts.

Posted on March 31, 2021

Southern Illinois' Snake Road

By SIU Press
"Snake Road is the only road in the world closed every year (from March 15 - May 15, and again from September 1 - October 30) for its biannual migration of snakes and other reptiles."

Posted on March 16, 2021

After Democracy

By UIC
"What if there is something better out there, and technology can help us uncover a long-hidden path to it? We change and so does our technology, but we cling to past iterations of democracy like a dream we desperately try to remember after we wake up. Life is not static. Neither is democracy."

Posted on March 11, 2021

Dark Participation: When Journalists And Readers Engage

By Jacob L. Nelson/The Conversation
What's the point?

Posted on March 4, 2021

The Unintended Consequences Of Taming Nature

By John Schwartz/Undark
As she puts it, this is a book "about people trying to solve problems created by people trying to solve problems."

Posted on February 27, 2021

Copyright Law Just Went Awry

By Katharine Trendacosta and Cara Gagliano/The Electronic Frontier Foundation
Two copyright bills were added to the Congress's December spending package, despite not having any place there - not least because there hadn't been robust hearings where the issues with them could be pointed out. One of the bills didn't even have text available to the public until the very last second. And they are now law.

Posted on February 6, 2021

Being Sure About George Ryan

By Ed Hammer
Testing the sincerity of the former governor's moratorium on the death penalty.

Posted on January 19, 2021

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