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    Lincoln by Richard Carwardine

    An original and deeply insightful biography of Abraham Lincoln, already awarded the prestigious Lincoln Prize.As a defender of national unity, a leader in war, and the emancipator of slaves, Abraham Lincoln lays ample claim to being the greatest of our presidents. But the story of his rise to greatness is as complex as it is compelling. In this superb biography, the highly regarded Oxford University historian Richard Carwardine examines Lincoln both in his dramatic political journey and in his nation-shaping White House years. Through his groundbreaking research, Carwardine probes the sources of Lincoln's moral and political philosophy. We see how, while pursuing office, Lincoln drew strength from public opinion and the machinery of his party. We see him, as a wartime president, recognizing the limits as well as the possibilities of power, and the necessity of looking for support beyond his own administration. We see how he turned to the churches, to their humanitarian agencies, and to the volunteer Union Army for allies in his struggle to end slavery.In illuminating the political talents that went hand in hand with large and serious moral purpose, Carwardine gives us a fresh, important portrait of the incomparable Abraham Lincoln.From the Hardcover edition.

    Making a New Deal by Lizabeth Cohen

    Includes bibliographical references and index.

    Eagle Forgotten by Harry Barnard

    The biography of John Peter Altgeld whose courage makes him an inspiration to those who still believe in the American dream.

    The Long Pursuit by Roy, Jr Morris

    Includes bibliographical references (p. [237]-241) and index

    Sin In the Second City by Karen Abbott

    Step into the perfumed parlors of the Everleigh Club, the most famous brothel in American history--and the catalyst for a culture war that rocked the nation. Operating in Chicago's notorious Levee district at the dawn of the last century, the Club's proprietors, two aristocratic sisters named Minna and Ada Everleigh, welcomed moguls and actors, senators and athletes, foreign dignitaries and literary icons, into their stately double mansion, where thirty stunning Everleigh "butterflies" awaited their arrival. Courtesans named Doll, Suzy Poon Tang, and Brick Top devoured raw meat to the delight of Prince Henry of Prussia and recited poetry for Theodore Dreiser. Whereas lesser madams pocketed most of a harlot's earnings and kept a "whipper" on staff to mete out discipline, the Everleighs made sure their girls dined on gourmet food, were examined by an honest physician, and even tutored in the literature of Balzac.Not everyone appreciated the sisters' attempts to elevate the industry. Rival Levee madams hatched numerous schemes to ruin the Everleighs, including an attempt to frame them for the death of department store heir Marshall Field, Jr. But the sisters' most daunting foes were the Progressive Era reformers, who sent the entire country into a frenzy with lurid tales of "white slavery"--the allegedly rampant practice of kidnapping young girls and forcing them into brothels. This furor shaped America's sexual culture and had repercussions all the way to the White House, including the formation of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.With a cast of characters that includes Jack Johnson, John Barrymore, John D. Rockefeller, Jr., William Howard Taft, "Hinky Dink" Kenna, and Al Capone, Sin in the Second City is Karen Abbott's colorful, nuanced portrait of the iconic Everleigh sisters, their world-famous Club, and the perennial clash between our nation's hedonistic impulses and Puritanical roots. Culminating in a dramatic last stand between brothel keepers and crusading reformers, Sin in the Second City offers a vivid snapshot of America's journey from Victorian-era propriety to twentieth-century modernity.Visit to learn more!Praise for Sin in the Second City:"Assiduously researched... [Sin in the Second City] describes a popular culture awash in wild tales of sexual abuse, crusading reformers claiming God on their side, and deep suspicion of the threat posed by "foreigners" to the nation's Christian values." --Janet Maslin, The New York Times "Lavish in her details, nicely detached in her point of view, [and with] scrupulous concern for historical accuracy, Ms. Abbott has written an immensely readable book. Sin in the Second City offers much in the way of reflection for those interested in the unending puzzle that goes by the name of human nature." -- The Wall Street Journal "Abbott's first book is meticulously researched and entertaining... a colorful history of old Chicago that reads like a novel." --The Atlanta Journal Constitution"With gleaming prose and authoritative knowledge Abbott elucidates one of the most colorful periods in American history, and the result reads like the very best fiction. Sex, opulence, murder -- What's not to love?" -- Sara Gruen, author of Water for Elephants"A detailed and intimate portrait of the Ritz of brothels, the famed Everleigh Club of turn-of-the-century Chicago. Sisters Minna and Ada attracted the elites of the world to such glamorous chambers as the Room of 1,000 Mirrors, complete with a reflective floor....

    Chicago by Studs Terkel

    There Are No Children Here by Alex Kotlowitz

    Chicago by Finis Farr

    Maxwell Street by Ira Berkow

    Lincoln by David Herbert;Simon and Schuster Donald

    Emergence Of Lincoln by Allan Nevins

    'Lincoln' by David Herbert Donald

    Slim's Table by Mitchell Duneier

    Clarence Darrow For the Defense by Irving Stone

    Chicago's Left Bank by Alson J Smith

    Sugar Creek by John MacK Faragher

    Give the Lady What She Wants! the Story Of Marshall Field & Company by Lloyd and Herman Kogan Wendt

    The Chicago School Of Architecture by Carl W Condit

    Fabulous Chicago by Emmett Dedmon

    Nature's Metropolis by William Cronon

    Old Chicago Houses by John Drury

    Team Of Rivals the Political Genius Of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin

    The Second City by Sheldon Patinkin

Illinois Books & Ephemera




    Chicago: Tribune Steam Book and Job Printing Office, 1861. Original printed salmon wrappers [dusted], stitched, two foldouts frontis: an enormous Transverse Section of the mines; and a large Geological Diagram. 16 clean pages. Closed tear to one map from careless opening, repaired on verso with archival tape. Very Good. A rare item. OCLC records an 1858 Report of this Company's Board of Directors, but without folding diagrams. The Company's mines were located in Michigan; John H. Gatiss, whose report is included here, was Superintendent of the Mines. All the officers and directors were from Chicago, except for Gatiss, whose residence is listed as Eagle River, Michigan. The by-laws required that one Director be a resident of Michigan. Ante-Fire Imprints 566 [1- Dicke]. Not located on OCLC as of February 2018. Not in Sabin or Eberstadt.



    Thirteen Men by Thayer, Tiffany [Ellsworth]

    New York: Grosset & Dunlap, 1931. Reprint Edition . Hardcover. Near Fine/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Mahlon Blaine. Near fine blue cloth. (1931), 8vo, 323pp. [1], "Tiffany Ellsworth Thayer (March 1, 1902 - August 23, 1959) was an American actor, author and founder of the Fortean Society. Born in Freeport, Illinois, Thayer quit school at age 15 and worked as an actor, reporter, and used-book clerk in Chicago, Detroit, and Cleveland. Aged 16, he toured as the teenaged hero in the Civil War drama The Coward. Thayer contacted American author Charles Fort in 1924. In 1926, Thayer moved to New York City to act, but soon spent more time writing. In 1931 Thayer co-founded the Fortean Society in New York to promote Fort's ideas. Primarily based in New York City, the Society was headed by first president Theodore Dreiser, an old friend of Fort who had helped to get his work published. Early members of the original Society in NYC included such luminaries as Booth Tarkington, Ben Hecht, Alexander Woolcott and H.L. Mencken. The first 6 issues of the Fortean Society's newsletter "Doubt" were each edited by a different member, starting with Theodore Dreiser. Thayer thereafter took over editorship of subsequent issues. Thayer began to assert extreme control over the society, largely filling the newsletter with articles written by himself, and excommunicating the entire San Francisco chapter, reportedly their largest and most active, after disagreements over the society's direction, and forbidding them to use the name Fortean. During World War II, for example, Thayer used every issue of "Doubt" to espouse his politics. He celebrated the escape of Gerhardt Eisler, and named Garey Davis an Honorary Fellow of the Society for renouncing his American citizenship. In particular, Thayer frequently expressed opposition to Civil Defense, going to such lengths as encouraging readers to turn on their lights in defiance of air raid sirens. In contrast to the spirit of Charles Fort, he not only dismissed flying saucers as nonsense but also dismissed the atomic bomb as a hoax by the US government. Thayer also wrote several novels, including the bestseller Thirteen Women (1930) and a number of novels which contain elements of science fiction or fantasy, including Dr. Arnoldi (1934) about a world where no-one can die. He also wrote "America Needs Indians" and "Raped Again!", the latter described as a blueprint for enslaving entire populations. Towards the end of his life, Thayer had championed increasingly idiosyncratic ideas, such as a Flat Earth and opposition to the fluoridation of water supplies. The Fortean Society Magazine (also called Doubt) was published regularly until Thayer's death in Nantucket, Massachusetts in 1959, aged 57, when the society and magazine came to an end. The magazine and society are not connected to the present-day magazine Fortean Times. Writers Paul and Ron Willis, publishers of "Anubis", acquired most of the original Fortean Society material and revived the Society as the International Fortean Organization (INFO) in the early 1960s which went on to incorporate in 1965, publish a widely respected magazine, The INFO Journal: Science and the Unknown, for more than 35 years and created the world's first, and most prestigious, conference dedicated to the work and spirit of Charles Fort, the annual FortFest which continues to this day. Thayer wrote genre romances that were disliked by literary critics. Dorothy Parker, in a New Yorker review of An American Girl, said "He is beyond question a writer of power; and his power lies in his ability to make sex so thoroughly, graphically, and aggressively unattractive that one is fairly shaken to ponder how little one has been missing." Wikipedia



    On the exploitation of women [handbill] by Labor Organizing Chapter, Chicago Women's Liberation Union

    Chicago: Chicago Women's Liberation Union, n.d.. 8.5x11 inch mimeographed statement, some smearing of ink but fully legible. Survey of falsehoods about women workers used to justify paying them less or not hiring them at all.



    MAKING A NEW DEAL Industrial Workers in Chicago, 1919-1939 by Cohen, Lizabeth

    Cambridge University Press. Good+. 1991. First Edition. Softcover. Inscribed and signed by author on half title-page. Edgewear and soiling to the covers. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 544 pages; Signed by Author .



    Tide without turning Elijah P. Lovejoy and freedom of the press by Gill, John

    Boston: Starr King Press, 1958. ix, 256p., dj. very good, Lovejoy was an abolitionist newspaper editor, murdered by a mob in 1837 while defending a newly purchased printing press (his fourth).




    [Plano, Illinois, 1875. 25 pamphlets, each with caption title. These include pamphlets numbered 2-3, 5-12, 14-18, 20, 22-28, above the caption title; and two unnumbered pamphlets: TRIAL OF THE WITNESSES TO THE RESURRECTION OF JESUS, A LEGAL ARGUMENT [Plano: Printed at the True Latter Day Saints' Herald Office. 1860's?], and BRIGHAMISM: ITS PROMISES AND THEIR FAILURES. [Plano: Printed at the True Latter Day Saints' Herald Steam and Book Office. 1869]. Bound in stiff contemporary paper wrappers [light wear, front free endpaper missing], with 'Tracts' stamped in gilt on front cover. Scattered foxing, Very Good. Twenty-five pamphlets, many of them extremely scarce, from the Reorganized Church, founded in 1860 in Illinois. Its separation from the Latter Day Saints movement occurred in the schism of 1844, after the murder of Joseph Smith and the ensuing dispute over the succession. The pamphlets reflect the doctrines of the Reorganized Church and its early history. Certain pamphlets demonstrate rivalry with the Mormons, e.g., Nos. 12 and 16, denouncing polygamy and Brighamism, calling Brigham Young a profligate materialist and sensualist who is now "worth millions, and has expended vast sums yearly in maintaining large numbers of wives and children." Details on request.




    Philadelphia: Published by Mason & Co., 1864. 16pp, 2 7/8" x 4 1/4". Original printed wrappers with portrait of an unshaven Lincoln on the front wrap. Rear wrap is a publisher's advertisement [rear wrap spotted and shaved a bit at the fore-edge, costing a few letters]. Text clean with only mild wear. Very Good. Spirited songs are printed: 'We are Coming, Father Abraham, 600,000 More'; 'Union and Lincoln'; 'Give Us Noble Leaders'; 'The Veteran Volunteer'; 'Shout Aloud for Lincoln': a total of twelve campaign songs. Each of the three Lincoln Campaign Songsters that we have handled has had the rear wrapper in the condition described above. Monaghan 323. Not in Sabin, Eberstadt, Decker, Nevins, LCP, Dumond, Blockson.



    Plan of the Alton & Terre Haute Rail Road from Alton to the Indiana State Line [caption title] by [Illinois]. [Railroads]

    St. Louis, 1850. Very good.. Large folding map on two joined sheets, in total measuring approximately 25 x 46 inches. A couple of small separations at folds, light wear at edges. Scattered faint foxing. A rare, large format map that depicts the planned route for the "Alton & Terre Haute Railroad" through Illinois. Based on this plan and survey, conducted in December 1850, the Illinois legislature chartered the Terre Haute & Alton Railroad early the next year, and the entire line was completed in 1856. Under significant final stress, it was sold and reorganized into the St. Louis, Terre Haute, & Alton Railroad in 1862. The upper portion of the map shows the route of the proposed line between the two towns, which passed through Hillsborough, Shelbyville, and Charleston in central Illinois. A large section of the right-hand hand side provides a detailed topographical profile of the route, as compared to the level of the Mississippi River at the same latitude. The engineer responsible for the plan and map, William P. Crocker, was also the engineer for the Illinois Central Railroad, and worked on the Fitchburg and Boston, Concord, and Montreal Railroads in the East. The lithographer, Julius Hutawa, was the first to establish a business in St. Louis, doing so in 1833, and he continued to be the only operation in town until the arrival of August and Leopold Gast in 1852. OCLC locates one copy, at the British Library; none in auction records.



    Le relai de Haymarket. Pour le centenaire des évènements de mai 1886 à Chicago by Répine, Anatoli FSM, 1986. 13p., wraps. Text in French. Not found in OCLC or Mirlyn.



    A School House on Every Hill Top and No Saloon in the Valley." First Grand National Prohibition Camp Meeting! [caption title] by [Temperance]. [Illinois]

    Decatur: Powner, Ackerman & Co, 1884. Very good.. Broadside, 17.5 x 11.75 inches. Old fold lines, minor wear. Broadside advertising the First Grand National Prohibition Camp Meeting at Decatur, Illinois, to be held the first ten days of July, 1884. The lower half of the broadside provides the program of events for the ten days, noting that, "The singing will be conducted by Prof. Lutz and a thousand trained voices." Grand Opening Day events include prayer meetings and several speeches, including an address by Francis Murphy "the Great Blue Ribbon Reformer," and a final address by Frances Willard of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union. Speakers later in the week include Mrs. Lucy Simpson of Detroit, an African-American member of the WCTU. Numerous other members of the WCTU are also listed as presenters. The final event of the week is a "Grand Re-union of Old Settlers of Central Illinois," led by the citizens of Decatur. A handsome piece advertising many of the premier voices in the temperance movement. Not in OCLC.



    LINCOLN by David Herbert Donald

    New York: Simon & Schuster. 1995. First Edition; Fourth Printing. Hardcover. 0684808463 . Fine in a Near Fine dust jacket. Light scuffing on rear panel. ; 9.4 X 6.8 X 1.6 inches; 714 pages; Original unclipped dust jacket protected by archival Brodart cover. All domestic orders shipped protected in a Box. .



    Florence Kelley; the making of a social pioneer by Blumberg, Dorothy Rose

    New York: Augustus M. Kelley, 1966. xii, 194p., front., illus., shelfworn dj.



    The damndest radical; the life and world of Ben Reitman, Chicago's celebrated social reformer, Hobo king, and whorehouse physician by Bruns, Roger A

    Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1987. ix, 332p., illus., long previous owner's inscription on half-title page, faded dj.



    Saturn calling by Serritos, Ken, introduction by David Hernandez, edited by William Oandasan & Carlos Cumpian

    Chicago: MARCH: Movimiento ARtistico CHicano, 1981. 14p., 5.5x8.5 inches, introduction, a few illustrations, very good poetry chapbook, orange text-bock in blue stapled pictorial wraps. Chicano poet. Chicano Chicago poet-saxophonist.



    Rare Signed Stock Certificate by DETROIT TIGERS

    Chicago, 1914. unbound. Exceedingly rare partly printed document signed, measuring 8.25 x 11 inches -- a stock certificate issued by the Tigers Base Ball Club on April 13, 1914, certifying that E. K. Brashian is "the owner of one shares of one hundred dollars each of the Capital Stock of The Tigers Base Ball Club transferable only on the books of the Corporation by the holder hereof in person or by Attorney upon surrender of this Certificate properly endorsed." This offering was incorporated under the laws of the State of Illinois with an authorization for the Detroit Tigers to issue Capital Stock with a net worth of $5,000.00. The certificate, printed by Cameron, Amberg & Company, Chicago, Illinois, is decorated with a steel engraving of a Heraldic eagle sitting on a dome and is emblazoned with a gold embossed Corporate Seal: "The Tigers Baseball Club: Illinois." Boldly signed at the conclusion by Robert G. Selke (Secretary) and Michael O'Toole (President). Two vertical folds; tape remnants in the top margin on both sides. Very good condition. According to the Baseball Hall of Fame at Cooperstown, Michael O'Toole was "twice a minor league 20-game winner, won more than 100 games while pitching in the New England and New York State leagues of the American Association. At times, both the Boston Americans and the Detroit Tigers owned his contract. Official records of the era confuse Michael with brother and fellow teammate Marty O'Toole." Also, when viewing the Illinois State records for stock filings in the year 1914, the Secretary of States report lists the Detroit Tigers as filing and being approved for a stock offering of $5,000.00.



    Fabulous Chicago by Dedmon, Emmett

    Hamish Hamilton | Random House, 1953. Hardback with dust jacket. First edition. Printed publisher's details as Random House and Random House dust jacket but with a small printed tipped-in slip to cover Random House on the title page, with Hamish Hamilton's details. Pictorial cloth. The boards are slightly bruised at the spine ends and corners. Top edge tinted black. A small pale mark to the bottom outer closed textblock page edge. The boards are lightly rubbed at the edges. Light foxing to endpapers and pastedowns. The binding is firm. No previous owner's names or inscriptions. pp. xxi, 359. The dust jacket is rubbed, worn and creased; faded at the spine, and with small chips and short nicks at the edges. Front flap of the dust jacket price clipped. The dust jacket is supplied by us in a loose protective clear archival film sleeve. This does not adhere to the book or jacket in any way and it protects the jacket against wear.. First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good/Fair. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.



    OUTlines: the voice of the gay and lesbian community; [originally Chicago Outlines] vol. 2, #11, April. 1989: "Sun-Times Reverses Ad Policy" [cover story] by Baim, Tracy, editor

    Chicago: LAMBDA, 1989. Newspaper. 52p., folded tabloid newspaper, articles, opinions, features, reviews, events, ads, resources, services, personals, comics, photos, very good, color cover, newsprint. Originally called Chicago Outlines.



    Dr. J. H. Jackson: "citizen diplomat by Freudenheim, Milton

    Chicago: n. pub, 1960. 40p., profusely illus. with black/white photos, wraps. OCLC lists one copy of this account of the minister's trip to the Middle east and Europe, along with excerpts from his speeches in the US. The pamphlet's European American author was the Chicago Daily News' foreign correspondent.



    May 1st: Build the working class alternative [handbill] by Marxist-Leninist Party, USA

    Chicago: Marxist-Leninist Party, USA, 1979. Single legal size sheet, printed Spanish on the other side. Horizontal fold across center. Announcement of events organized by the Party.



    Chicago GayLife: the international gay newsleader; vol. 7, #12, Friday, September 4, 1981 by Williams, Albert N., editor, Sister Boom Boom

    Chicago: YourStyle Pub, 1981. Newspaper. 24p., folded tabloid newspaper, photos, columns, news, ads, services, newsprint with library stamp on cover. Chicago LGBT weekly, previously bi-weekly and titled "Blazing Star" aka Gay Life and Chicago Gay Life. Cover story and photo: "Getting Personal with Jon-Henri Damski" Inside on page 15 a half-page photo-story on Sister Boom Boom.



    Chicago GayLife: the Midwest gay newsleader; vol. 4, #46, Friday, May 11, 1979: White's defense plays up Milk's gayness by Anderson, Ronald, editor

    Chicago: YourStyle Pub, 1979. Newspaper. 28p., folded tabloid newspaper, photos, columns, news, ads, services, very good on newsprint. Above the fold story on the Dan White trial. Chicago LGBT weekly, previously bi-weekly and titled "Blazing Star" aka Gay Life and Chicago Gay Life.



    The clothing workers of Chicago, 1910-1922 by Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America. Research Department

    Chicago: Chicago Joint Board, Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America, 1922. 424p., front., illus., original cloth binding with spine gilt lettering.



    Chicago GayLife: the international gay newsleader; vol. 8, #23, Thursday, November 18, 1982 by Williams, Albert M., editor, Dom Orejudos [aka Etienne] Chris Heim, Bob Damron et al

    Chicago: YourStyle Pub, 1982. Newspaper. 32p., folded tabloid newspaper, photos, columns, news, ads, services, newsprint, toned edges and folds, library stamp on cover. Chicago LGBT weekly, previously bi-weekly and titled "Blazing Star" aka Gay Life and Chicago Gay Life.




    Chicago: George H. Fergus, Book and Job Printer, 1864. pp [2], vi, [5]-60 [as issued]. Disbound, else Very Good. The case has particular interest because it illuminates the detection methods of the famed Pinkerton Agency. "Early in the summer of 1863, the President of the Philadelphia & Reading Railroad, being satisfied that the Company were being defrauded by some of their Conductors, determined to have the honesty of this class of their employees tested, and engaged the services of Allan Pinkerton for this purpose." Pinkerton found that many conductors "were in the habit of returning only a portion of the money they received in the payment of fares, appropriating the remainder to their own use." Hill, the only one who "asserted his entire innocence," was arrested and charged; found guilty, he was sentenced to a year in jail. The pamphlet presents the testimony of witnesses, the Charge to the Jury, and the Opinion of the Court overruling Hill's motion for a new trial. FIRST EDITION. Ante-Fire Imprints 824 [6]. II Harv. Law Cat. 1102.



    Body language by Carter, C. C

    Atlanta: Kings Crossing Publishing, 2002. Trade Paperback. 92p., signed and inscribed by Carter, very good first edition trade paperback in pictorial wraps. The African American lesbian poet graduated from Spelman and teaches in Chicago.

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