Winner of the Kemper and Leila Williams Book Prize for the Best
Book on Louisiana History, French Roots in the Illinois Country
creates an entirely new picture of the Illinois country as a single
ethnic, economic, and cultural entity. Focusing on the French
Creole communities along the Mississippi River, Carl J. Ekberg
shows how land use practices such as medieval-style open-field
agriculture intersected with economic and social issues ranging
from the flour trade between Illinois and New Orleans to the
significance of the different mentalities of French Creoles and
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