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Contents CHAPTER ONE The Land An icy past led to a land of rich prairies and rushing rivers, with the Great Lakes not so far away. CHAPTER TWO The First Illinoisans Learn about the Mississippians and their great city of Cahokia, and the various tribes of the Illiniwek Confederacy, hunters and farmers of the river lands. CHAPTER THREE Exploration and Settlement French fur trappers and missionaries learned to live peacefully with the Illiniwek. British and American settlers then followed. CHAPTER FOUR Growth and Change Illinois farmland drew new settlers, and the growth of railroads and canals made Chicago a center for trade. CHAPTER FIVE More Modern Times One of the richest states in the country felt the blow of the Depression and contributed to the U.S. effort in several wars. And today, the future points to new challenges. CHAPTER SIX People Find out about some folks who have made Illinois great, from the poet Gwendolyn Brooks to funny man Bill Murray. CHAPTER SEVEN Government From the smallest district to the entire state, Illinois has lots of people making laws and making sure the government runs smoothly. CHAPTER EIGHT Economy Chicago leads the way with high finance, but farms and factories keep Illinois humming too. CHAPTER NINE Travel Guide Stroll through the Windy City, explore an unspoiled forest, or have a super time in the "home" of Superman.
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Illinois -- Juvenile literature.