Emery releases book celebrating Illinois' bicentennial

Emery releases book celebrating Illinois’ bicentennial

CARLINVILLE (Nov. 9, 2017) – A new, full-length book on the history of Illinois celebrates the state’s bicentennial while covering the people, places, and events of the last 250 years in the state.

The History of Illinois is a fully-documented, illustrated softcover work of 220 pages by historian Tom Emery of Carlinville, a contributor to multiple Illinois newspapers, who has lectured on his research to audiences statewide.

His new release is a compilation of a newspaper column on Illinois history that Emery wrote from May 2014 to January 2017. The columns cover all of the leading topics of state history, including top leaders, political and social history, arts and culture, military, women’s issues, racial progression, industrial advancements, disasters and, of course, Abraham Lincoln.

The History of Illinois is intended to complement the state’s upcoming 200th anniversary, as Illinois achieved statehood in 1818.

The book includes all 70 of Emery’s columns, plus four of his other articles relating to the history of the state. The History of Illinois includes more than 40 photos as well as a 10-page bibliography, complete footnotes with annotation, and index.

Despite Illinois’ countless figures and events of interest, surprisingly little has been written in recent years on the general history of Illinois. Emery’s book fills that need with a comprehensive look at the stories that have defined the state, including the pre-statehood era, railroads, agriculture, inventions, Lincoln and the Civil War, gender and racial advancements, the Haymarket Affair, the Chicago Fire and World’s Fair, and the wars of the 20th century.

Emery says that readers can learn a lot from the book in just a little time. “This isn’t something that takes a long time to read, or learn from,” remarked Emery. “A reader can pick up the book, turn to any page, spend a few minutes, and take something away from it.”

“I wanted this book to be easy for everyone to read,” said Emery. “The history of the state belongs to everyone, and I wanted to reach a general audience, with people of all ages and interests.”

The book is being released in time for the Christmas holidays, though quantities will be limited. Anyone wanting a copy should order by Dec. 8, as orders received after that date are not guaranteed to be filled, or delivered in time for Christmas. Delivery is expected around Dec. 20.

The History of Illinois sells for $21.99 plus $1.37 tax and $3.64 postage and handling ($27 total). Orders may be placed with PayPal (use the e-mail enjoyhistorytoday@gmail.com) or by mail by sending your name, address, phone, and check or money order to History in Print, 337 E. Second South, Carlinville, IL  62626. For more information, call (217) 710-8392.