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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

Millennium: 1991-Present

Lesson Plans


Public Health and Safety

"A.E. Little" Notebook: Burns, 1924 / Transcription

  • These are notes Dr. Gerry B. Dudley of Charleston, Illinois took for his own use regarding treatment of burns. The treatment outlines Dr. Davidson's influential research on the use of tannic acid to treat burns. Note that one of the compounds used in the treatment, benzene, was later discovered to be carcinogenic.

  • Credit: Item is from the collections of Coles County Historical Society. For questions regarding publication rights of this item, please contact the organization directly at http://www.coleshistory.net

War and Military

"Debs' Sentence Confirmed by Supreme Court," March 11th, 1919

  • In 1917, Congress and President Wilson passed the Espionage Act, prohibiting spying, interfering with the draft, and making "false statements" that might impede military success. Eugene V. Debs, leader of the Socialist Party and five-time candidate for President in the early 20th century, was convicted under the Espionage Act for statements he made in June 1918, which allegedly obstructed recruitment and enlistment in the armed forces.

  • Citation: "Debs' Sentence Confirmed by Supreme Court" from the Chicago Tribune, March 11, 1919.

The Charleston Riot

"From the Tribune's Columns- 65 Years Ago Today"

  • The Charleston Riot is mentioned as an event that occurred 65 years prior on March 30th, 1929.

  • Citation: "From the Tribune's Columns-65 Years Ago Today" from the Chicago Daily Tribune, March 30, 1929. Used by permission of ProQuest Historical Newspapers: Chicago Daily Tribune (1849-1989), 12.