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By Gary T. Johnson

June
30
June
30

Everyday Heroic Lives

Walter Roth, Everyday Heroic Lives: Portraits from Chicago’s Jewish Past. Chicago, Walter Roth (2016). This is a treasure house of writings by Walter Roth, who ended his remarkable twenty-two-year term as president of the Chicago Jewish Historical Society in 2010. At the heart of the book are portraits of fifteen individuals, such as political leader More

May
08
May
08

The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians

In his Author! Author! blog series, Museum president Gary T. Johnson highlights works that draw on our collection. John N. Low. The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians and the City of Chicago. East Lansing, MI; Michigan State University Press (2016). This is a very unusual and valuable book for those interested in Chicago history or More

March
03
March
03

Marching Home

Brian Matthew Jordan. Marching Home: Union Veterans and Their Unending Civil War. New York, Liveright Publishing Company (2014). This is a very special book. The foundation is the author’s command of archival resources, giving access to rich veins of material both on veterans and their families and on the communities to which they returned. He More

February
15
February
15

Un-American

Richard Cahan and Michael Williams. Un-American: The Incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II. Chicago, CityFiles Press (2016). This remarkable book includes “beautiful” images by Dorothea Lange, Ansel Adams, and other government photographers. “Beautiful” is in quotes, of course, because the project that is portrayed is one that we look back on with horror More

January
30
January
30

The General

Alex Kershaw and Richard Ernsberger, Jr. The General: William Levine, Citizen Soldier and Liberator, from Normandy to Dachau to Service in America. Chicago, Pritzker Military Museum & Library (2016). This book is, as the forward indicates, a portrait of “a family man, a businessman, and a devoted man of faith.” On that ground alone, it More

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