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


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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. GL |OHIO|IND|ILL|MICH|WISC

Cultural History Literature, education, theater, fine arts, the press, recreation, and architecture. GL |OHIO|IND|ILL|MICH|WISC

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. GL |OHIO|IND|ILL|MICH|WISC

Economic History River and canal transport, railroads, roads, agriculture, land sales, commerce, manufacturing, banking, medicine, mining and logging. GL |OHIO|IND|ILL|MICH|WISC

Explorers & Travelers Accounts of overland journeys, and river or lake voyages, by explorers, missionaries and travelers. GL |OHIO|IND|ILL|MICH|WISC

Fiction Novels, and some short stories and poetry. Stories by early 19th century local authors set in their own times. Historical fiction. GL |OHIO|IND|ILL|MICH|WISC

General History Books and articles covering the history of a state or region. GL |OHIO|IND|ILL|MICH|WISC

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

Local History Histories of towns and townships; cities, counties, and regions. OHIO|IND|ILL|MICH|WISC

Maps & Gazetteers Maps from the 1600s through the 1800s, including maps made by explorers and soldiers. Regional, state and local. GL |OHIO|IND|ILL|MICH|WISC

Native Americans American Indian culture, customs, and conflict. Interaction with settlers, and with U.S. and state governments. GL |OHIO|IND|ILL|MICH|WISC

Periodicals History journals, popular magazines, and newspapers. OHIO|IND|ILL|MICH

Politics & Government Territorial, state and local government, political parties, state constitutions, and legislation. GL |OHIO|IND|ILL|MICH|WISC

Religion Denominations and churches, missionary efforts among Native Americans, and religious activities. GL |OHIO|IND|ILL|MICH|WISC

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

Social History Everyday life, women’s history, crime, ethnic groups, slavery, abolitionists, utopian communities, workers, and social issues. GL |OHIO|IND|ILL|MICH|WISC

War & Military French & Indian war, Revolutionary War, War of 1812, Indian Campaigns. Forts and posts, military operations, and military life. GL |OHIO|IND|ILL|MICH|WISC