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Name:  Douglas K. Meyer  

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Genre: History

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Meyer is a professor emeritus of geography at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston.

Biographical and Professional Information

Douglas K. Meyer is a co-author of both ''Common Houses in America’s Small Towns: The Atlantic Seaboard to the Mississippi Valley'' and ''Pictorial Landscape History of Charleston, Illinois''. Since his retirement in July, 2000, he has traveled extensively in the United States, Europe, and Australia/New Zealand. His passion, however, remains his English cottage garden with its azaleas, rhododendrons, hostas, daylilies, oriental lilies, and Japanese maples.


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Pictorial Landscape History of Charleston, Illinois
ISBN: B0006ELJ5U

Rardin Graphics. 1985

Common Houses in America's Small Towns: The Atlantic Seaboard to the Mississippi Valley
ISBN: 0820310743

University of Georgia Press. 1989

A geographical field guide to the American house. Based on an inventory of seventeen thousand homes in twenty sample cities from the Atlantic Seaboard to the Mississippi Valley, this book explores how Americans housed themselves in the 1980s.

Features:Houses are divided into categories based on form, creating five broad families―one room deep, two rooms deep, irregularly massed, bungalow, and ranch.Photographs illustrate such diverse types as the hall and parlour cottage, salt box house, and raised ranch house, and such characteristics as height, roof form, and facade material.Charts and maps plot regional variations, revealing for example the prevalence of pre-World War I housing in the Middle West and of post-World War II ranches in the South.Glossary of structural forms gives more formal definition and description for the sixty-seven specific dwelling types analyzed.

Making the Heartland Quilt: A Geographical History of Settlement and Migration in Early-Nineteenth-Century Illinois
ISBN: 0809322897

Southern Illinois University Press. 2000

In Making the Heartland Quilt, Douglas K. Meyer reconstructs the settlement patterns of thirty-three immigrant groups and confirms the emergence of discrete culture regions and regional way stations. Meyer argues that midcontinental Illinois symbolizes a historic test strip of the diverse population origins that unfolded during the Great Migration. Basing his research on the 1850 U.S. manuscript schedules, Meyer dissects the geographical configurations of twenty-three native and ten foreign-born adult male immigrant groups who peopled Illinois. His historical geographical approach leads to the comprehension of a new and clearer map of settlement and migration history in the state.


Meyer finds that both cohesive and mixed immigrant settlements were established. Balkan-like immigrant enclaves or islands were interwoven into evolving local, regional, and national settlement networks. The midcontinental location of Illinois, its water and land linkages, and its lengthy north-south axis enhanced cultural diversity. The barrier effect of Lake Michigan contributed to the convergence and mixing of immigrants. Thus, Meyer demonstrates, Illinois epitomizes midwestern dichotomies: northern versus southern

native-born versus foreign-born

rural versus urban

and agricultural versus manufacturing.