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Past Tracker


Pre-Statehood Era: 1700-1818

Early Statehood: 1818-1861

Civil War Era: 1861-1865

Late 19th Century: 1866-1900

Early 20th Century: 1900-1914

World War I: 1914-1918

Roaring Twenties: 1918-1929

Great Depression: 1930-1941

World War II: 1941-1945

Cold War Era: 1946-1991

Vietnam War: 1960-1975

Millennium: 1991-Present

Lesson Plans



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Welcome to Past Tracker
Illinois Primary Documents for your Classroom

This website is dedicated to helping educators teach Illinois history using primary documents.

Search the headings on the left-hand column to narrow your search by a specific era and topic. Each page containes links to various document and  image files.

Find lesson plans and discussion questions relating to the documents on this site under the "Resources" heading.

If you have questions, suggestions or other feedback, please email the graduate student responsible for the site, the history department's digital history advisor, Dr. Rymsza-Pawlowska, or project founder Dr. Debra Reid.

All information included on Past Tracker is intended solely for educational purposes. Eastern Illinois University discourages any inappropriate use of copyrighted material. Questions regarding copyright concerns can be directed to Dr. Debra Reid