History of the
Great Lakes States

Free Books Online for the History of the

Great Lakes Region

and the States created there:

Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan & Wisconsin

 
 

Page Directory

Every button opens a unique page of resources for a State or the Great Lakes Region.

Biographies and Memoirs

Accounts of the lives of famous Americans, political leaders, pioneers etc. Also first-person accounts of everyday life and historic events.

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Cultural History

Literature, education, theater, fine arts, journalism, 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, court records, etc.

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Economic History

Business, work, railroads, roads, shipping, farming, manufacturing, banking, medicine, mining, logging etc.

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Explorers & Travelers

Accounts of journeys and voyages by explorers, travelers, missionaries and soldiers.

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Fiction

Novels, short stories and poetry. 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. Biographies, novels and Lincoln’s writings and speeches.

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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. State, regional and local maps.

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Native Americans

American Indian history, culture and conflict.

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Navigation

Shipping on the Great Lakes and rivers.

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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 and anti-slavery, 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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