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ILLINOIS HISTORY
A MAGAZINE FOR YOUNG PEOPLE
Volume 46 Number 1 December 1992
Printed by authority of the State of Illinois
Jim Edgar, Governor
CONTENTS
1 FEATURE ESSAY
   Two Hundred Years of Midwestern Agriculture
   David B. Danbom
   North Dakota State University
(Fargo)
4 Jonathan B. Turner
and the Illinois Industrial University

   Ryan Berkshire
   Brookwood Junior High School (Glenwood)
5 McCormick's Revolutionary Reaper:
Making Illinois the Hub of Agriculture

   Patricsa Wong
   Mark Sheridan Academy (Chicago)
7 Flower Power
   Andrea Goolsby
   Eldorado Junior High School (Eldorado)
8 The Success of John Deere's Self-Polisher
   Matthew K. Bumbel
   Macomb Junior/Senior High School (Macomb)
10 Polo's Hemp Mill
   Amy Buser
   Mt. Morris High School (Mt. Morris)
11 Pioneer Women on the Illinois Frontier
   Krishna Blatchford
   Carbondale Community High School (Carbondale)
13 Cyrus Hall McCormick: Reaper Man
   Julie Volkman
   Belleville Township High School West (Belleville)
14 Harvesting in Southern Illinois
   David McCain
   Ewing-Northern School (Ewing)
16 The Granger Movement
   Sharon Banaszak
   Tinley Park High School (Tinley Park)
17 Horseradish "Rooted" in History
   Paul Foppe
   All Saints Academy (Breese)
18 A History of the FFA
   Josh T'aylor
   Rushville High School (Rushville)
19 Osage Orange
   Sean Clark
   Casey Junior High School (Mt. Vernon)
20 The History of Farming in Central Illinois
   Christine Romersberger
   Gridley High School (Gridley)

On the cover: Farming with horses was picturesque, but the work physically demanding. The nature of farms is changing as well, with farm corporations replacing the family farm.

ILLINOIS HISTORIC
PRESERVATION AGENCY

Director
   Susan Mogerman

Trustees
   Julie Cellini
   Pamela A. Daniels
   Samuel Lilly
   Frank J. Mason
   Sally B. Schanbacher
   Carol Stein
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Educational Services Section
   Carl Oblinger, Head, Research and
     Education
   Keith A. Sculle, Educational Services
     Coordinator

Illinois History
   Editor: Keith A. Sculle
   Design and Layout: Cynthia A. Fuener

ILLINOIS
STATE HISTORICAL SOCIETY

Executive Director
   E. Duane Elbert

Officers for 1992-93
   John R. Power, President
   Robert J. Klaus, President-Elect
   William D. Winberg, Treasurer

Directors: Roland Bauer, Mary Dean, Linda L. Hay, William A. Hensley, James T. Hickey, Thomas E. Leiter, Robert McColley, Patricia Mooney-Melvin, Barbara Posadas, Richard Pyatt, Marvin Strunk, Terence A. Tanner, F. John Taylor, Wendy Hamand Venet, Mark Wyman.

Advisory Board Members: Leah Joy Axelrod, Tara Blazer, Janet Cornelius, James E. Davis, Carl J. Ekberg, Charlene Gill, James Grossman, John E. Hallwas, John Hoffmann, Carolyn I. Johnson, John Lamb, Floyd W. Marshall, Michael J. McNerney, Douglas K. Meyer, Catherine, Welch O'Connor, Jo Ann Rayfield, Marc Savard, Marc S. Schulman, Len R. Small, Mark W. Soren-sen, Richard Worthen.

Illinois History (ISSN 0019-2058) is published four times during the school year, December, February, March and May, by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency in cooperation with the Illinois State Historical Society. Printed by authority of the State of Illinois (91754 9.1M12-92). Second-class postage paid at Springfield, Illinois. Copyright, Illinois State Historical Society, 1991. Subscription rates: One copy is sent free on request to all schools in Illinois. Additional school-use subscriptions are $1 per volume (four issues). All other subscriptions are $4 per volume. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Illinois History, Old State Capitol, Springfield, Illinois, 62701.

All photos unless otherwise credited are courtesy Illinois State Historical Library, Mary Michals, Iconographer.


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