History of the
Great Lakes States

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Free Online Books, Articles & Maps for the History of the

Great Lakes Region

and the States created there:

Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan & Wisconsin

 

Site Map

Each button opens a State or Great Lakes Region page for a topic. Use the Menu at the top of the page to reach State Section Maps.

Biographies and Memoirs

Accounts of the lives of famous Americans, political leaders, heroes, pioneers and outlaws.

First-person accounts of everyday life and historic events.

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Cultural History

Literature, education, theater, fine arts, the press, recreation, and architecture.

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Documents & Collections

Legislative acts, letters, official papers, treaties, and state constitutions.

Collections of government documents, manuscripts, portraits, private papers, county court records, books, and newspapers.

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Economic History

Transportation, railroads, roads, agriculture, land sales, commerce, manufacturing, banking, medicine, mining and logging.

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Explorers & Travelers

Accounts of overland journeys, and river or lake voyages, by explorers, missionaries and travelers.

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Fiction

Novels, and some short stories and poetry. Stories by early 19th century local authors set in their own times. Historical fiction.

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General History

Books and articles covering the history of a state or region.

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Abraham Lincoln

Life of Abraham Lincoln before he became president in 1861. Biographies and novels. His autobiography, speeches and writings.

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Local History

Histories of towns and townships; cities, counties, and regions.

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Maps & Gazetteers

Maps from the 1600s through the 1800s, including maps made by explorers and soldiers. Regional, state and local.

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Native Americans

American Indian culture, customs, and conflict. Interaction with settlers, and with U.S. and state governments.

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Navigation

Shipping and Navigation on the Great Lakes, and on the rivers of the Great Lakes states.

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Periodicals

History journals, popular magazines, and newspapers.

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Politics & Government

Territorial, state and local government, political parties, state constitutions, and legislation.

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Religion

Denominations and churches, missionary efforts among Native Americans, and religious activities.

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Settlers Guides

Hand-books and guides for prospective settlers, “Emigrants’ Guides”, and geographical descriptions.

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Social History

Everyday life, women’s history, crime, ethnic groups, slavery, abolitionists, utopian communities, workers, and social issues.

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War & Military

French & Indian war, Revolutionary War, War of 1812, Indian Campaigns.

Forts and posts, military operations, and military life.

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