Society, etc.

Here you will find articles about marriage and sex, religion and family life, race in all its manifestations, immigration, the economy, poverty, and war—all, as per our theme, with an Illinois angle. Most were published in Illinois Times and Illinois Issues.


I can offer no credentials as a commentator on  the wider range of social issues. The opinion columnist is expected to expostulate on the Social Issues of the moment. That this obligation encourages blow-hardism and cant doesn’t need to be underlined, and I suppose I was as guilty of both as any. The range of passing controversies over the past forty years baffled any one person’s attempts to master them, but my publications had gaping holes I was expected to fill, and I did my best. 

See also "Kids today" and "Common schools" for pieces on related topics.

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Making Room for the Huangs

Immigration policy and the skilled international

"Dyspepsiana"  Illinois Times  May 6, 2010

Taking the Christian out of Christianity
The YMCA picks up a new name but sells an old idea

"Dyspepsiana"  Illinois Times  August 12, 2010

Flapping Jaws

Illinois ranks last in war spending. That’s bad?

“Prejudices”  Illinois Times  April 26, 1994

Bringing Comfort

Comforting civilians about Iraq

"Prejudices"  Illinois Times  February 28, 1991

Be All You Can Be

A gay speaker threatens Springfield youth

“Prejudices”  Illinois Times  June 3, 1993

Feel-good Solutions

Illinois anti-terrorism officials ask how safe is too safe

Illinois Issues May 2006

Animal Rights and Wrongs

Illinoisans debate how to treat animals for food

"Prejudices"  Illinois Times  January 28, 1982

Earning One's Keep

Who should do what to deserve welfare?

"Prejudices"  Illinois Times  September 9, 1993

Burn the Television

Flag-burning excites Illinois pols

“Prejudices”  Illinois Times  June 28, 1990

Clean Fingernails

The ERA debate, first round

“Prejudices”  Illinois Times  May 16, 1980


What riot? Springfield still won’t talk about race

"Prejudices"  Illinois Times  September 20, 1990

Douglas Park Boys

“Squalid gratification” at the expense of gays

"Prejudices"  Illinois Times  August 26, 1982


Economic colonization and the loss of the local

“Prejudices”  Illinois Times  July 13, 1979

Hoxsey's Army

Illinois legislators get their cults confused

“Prejudices”  Illinois Times  June 15, 1979


On putting your money where your mouth is

“Prejudices”  Illinois Times  June 12, 1986

Fair Is Not Easy

Making fair housing fairer for the poor

"Prejudices"  Illinois Times  August 6, 1981

One's Own Sort

Making race the basis of citizenship

“Prejudices”  Illinois Times  April 30, 1987

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John Hallwas

Essential for anyone interested in Illinois history and literature. Hallwas deservedly won the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Illinois State Historical Society.

Lee Sandlin Author

One of Illinois’s best, and least-known, writers of his generation. Take note in particular of The Distancers and Road to Nowhere.

Chicago Architecture Center

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Resources for a marvelous building database, architecture dictionary, even a city planning graphic novel. Handsome, useful—every Illinois culture website should be so good.

The Encyclopedia of Chicago


The online version of The Encyclopedia of Chicago, Crammed with thousands of topic entries, biographical sketches, maps and images, it is a reference work unmatched in Illinois.

Illinois Great Places

The Illinois chapter of the American Institute of Architects in 2018 selected 200 Great Places in Illinois that illustrate our  shared architectural culture across the entire period of human settlement in Illinois.

McLean County Museum

of History

A nationally accredited, award-winning project of the McLean County Historical Society whose holdings include more than 20,000 objects, more than 15,000 books on local history and genealogy, and boxes and boxes of historical papers and images.

Mr. Lincoln, Route 66, and Other Highlights of Lincoln, Illinois


Every Illinois town ought to have a chronicler like D. Leigh Henson, Ph.D. Not only Lincoln and the Mother road—the author’s curiosity ranges from cattle baron John Dean Gillett to novelist William Maxwell. An Illinois State Historical Society "Best Web Site of the Year."

Southern Illinois University Press

SIU Press is one of the four major university publishing houses in Illinois. Its catalog offers much of local interest, including biographies of Illinois political figures, the history (human and natural) and folklore of southern Illinois, the Civil War and Lincoln, and quality reprints in the Shawnee Classics series.

Chronicling Illinois

“Chronicling Illinois” showcases some of the collections—mostly some 6,000 photographs—from the Illinois history holdings of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library.

Illinois Digital Archives


Created in 2000, the IDA is a repository for the digital collections of the Illinois State Library and other Illinois libraries and cultural institutions. The holdings include photographs, slides, and glass negatives, oral histories, newspapers, maps, and documents from manuscripts and letters to postcards,  posters, and videos.




Southern Illinois University Press 2017

A work of

solid history, entertainingly told.

Michael Burlingame,

author of Abraham 

Lincoln: A Life 

One of the ten best books on Illinois history I have read in a decade.

Superior Achievement Award citation, ISHS Awards, 2018

A lively and engaging study

. . . an enthralling narrative.

James Edstrom

The Annals of Iowa

A book that merits the attention of all Illinois historians

as well as local historians generally.

John Hoffman

Journal of Illinois HIstory

A model for the kind of detailed and honest history other states and regions could use.

Harold Henderson 

Midwestern Microhistory

A fine example of a resurgence of Midwest historical scholarship.

Greg Hall

Journal of the Illinois

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