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Individual Author Record

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Name:  John W. Wright  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

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He was recognized by the Delta Awards for his writings about southern Illinois.

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John W. Wright is an author and local historian.


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Titles At Your Library

A History of Early Carbondale, Illinois 1852 - 1905
ISBN: 0809307898

Southern Illinois University Press. 1977

Written by a distinguished native of the area, this account traces Carbondale’s history from its founding through 1905, the midpoint of the first decade of this century, when the city was well established and the outline of its pres­ent development as the cultural and commercial center for the region fore­shadowed. The early years are especially interesting and important. Founded by Daniel Harmon Brush, the city played an important role in the Civil War as a division point for the Illinois Central Railroad. In the second part of the book Wright provides extensive biographies of early Carbondale families. The book is profusely illustrated with photo­graphs, maps, and copies of historical documents.