November 21, 2017

Today in History: Illinois

Illinois: A descriptive and historical guide
Today in History—December 3—the Library of Congress features Illinois, which entered the Union as the 21st state on this day in 1818. Illinois is an Algonquin word meaning “tribe of superior men”; today the state is referred to as the Land of Lincoln and is one of the most populous of all the United States. Learn more about this midwestern hub by visiting the Today in History section, then gather more insights by delving into thousands of Illinois primary sources.

Chicago primary source collections

Illinois primary sources (excluding Chicago)

Illinois stories from America’s Library

Illinois primary source set

Illinois image set from American Memory

More Illinois images

Illinois maps

WPA Life Histories from Illinois

Illinois sheet music

Illinois (song recording)

Illinois: Three Centuries of Broadsides and Other Printed Ephemera

Illinois books & articles

Illinois historic newspapers

Illinois legislation

Illinois Guide to Law Online

More Illinois primary source collections & teaching resources

Featured Source: Poor Illinois! guided primary source analysis activities

Primary Source Spotlight: Illinois Civil War Resources

Primary Source Spotlight: Fugitive Slave Law

Today in History: John Peter Altgeld

Today in History: Stephen A. Douglas

Today in History: Brigham Young & the Mormon Pioneers

More U.S. state primary source collections

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