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Crossroads of a Continent

With a major port on the Great Lakes, an extensive network of railroads and canals, and a river system including the Mississippi, the Illinois, and the Ohio, Illinois has long played a critical role in linking East Coast industrial cities, the agricultural heartland, and the Gulf Coast.

Writing in a fast-paced, down-to-earth style, Lois Carrier introduces a host of innovations and innovators associated with Illinois: Jane Addams and Louis Armstrong, Frank Lloyd Wright and Walt Disney, Cracker Jack and the Ferris wheel. From the Cahokia Mounds to Chicago, Illinois: Crossroads of a Continent provides a panoramic history for students and general readers.

"Lucid, highly readable, and well crafted. . . . A valuable introduction to the state's history."--Edward L. Schapsmeier, Illinois Historical Journal

Lois A. Carrier, a freelance writer and native Midwesterner who lives in Carbondale, Illinois, is coauthor of Strategies for Success. She has taught elementary school and served as a children's librarian.

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