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The Sangamo FrontierHistory and Archaeology in the Shadow of Lincoln$
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Robert Mazrim

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780226514246

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226514239.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

Journey to Sangamo

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(p.1) Introduction
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The Sangamo Frontier
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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226514239.003.0001

This book is about the recollections and debris of a particular place at a particular time—the place is a roughly 1500-square-mile area in what is now called central Illinois; the time was a roughly twenty-year period in the early nineteenth century. The Sangamo Country, named after a shallow river that cut through the prairies, underwent a great change as a young American culture poured itself into an aboriginal wilderness. The archaeological excavations described in this book (as well as the histories that have been pieced together from the written record) help to better define a place and a time; they also allow us to see past the veneer of a familiar history and a modern landscape.

Keywords:   prairies, central Illinois, Sangamo Country, archaeological excavations, history, landscape

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