Remembering Champaign County

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Champaign County's history is an intriguing mix of hard living and higher learning, with a long tradition of bearing witness to progress. That progress was not without struggle, the arrival of the railroad came at a high cost in human life, and the arrival of racial integration was long overdue. These vignettes by former mayor Dannel McCollum provide a memorable glimpse into the heart of the county's history, uncovering new angles on old stories and preserving the familiar features of beloved characters. Reacquaint yourself with entrepreneur extraordinaire Benjamin Franklin Harris, as well as a promising lawyer by the name of Abraham Lincoln who defended the county's first convicted murderer. Then treat yourself to a brief dip into March Madness history with the Fighting Illini's 1989 surge to the Final Four.
ISBN: 9781596299634
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Illinois
Series: American Chronicles
Images: 49
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Dannel McCollum is a native of Champaign County. In his various life experiences, he has been an army officer, research assistant with the Illinois Natural History Survey, high school teacher, conservationist, activist, local historian, writer and politician, having served three terms as mayor of Champaign (1987-1999). As a writer, Dan has written for numerous area newspapers, historical journals and educational magazines. His other books include Your Life and Mine; Problems and Projects in Conservation, A Guide to the Big Vermilion River System with James O. Smith, Essays on the Historical Geography of Champaign County and The Lord Was Not on Trial.
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