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Robert G. Hays

Born: May 23, 1935 in Carmi, Illinois
Pen Name: Robert Hays

Connection to Illinois: Hays was born in Carmi, Illinois. He spent 11 years on the professional staff and faculty at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois and 33 years on the faculty at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He currently resides in Champaign, Illinois.

Biography: Hays has been a newspaper reporter, public relations writer and magazine editor. He served two years in the US Army (1955-57) as a draftee and earned three degrees, including an interdisciplinary Ph.D, from Southern Illinois University. At the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he received international awards for teaching and communications research, he taught journalism from 1975 until his retirement in 2008. He holds emeritus faculty rank at the University of Illinois and he also taught in Texas and Missouri.

  • Pushcart Prize Nominee, 2009, for ''The Life and Death of Lizzie Morris''

Primary Literary Genre(s): Fiction; Non-Fiction

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers

Robert G. Hays on WorldCat :

Selected Titles

A race at bay :
ISBN: 0809320673 OCLC: 43476298

Southern Illinois University Press, Carbondale : ©1997.

Circles in the water /
ISBN: 0982115059 OCLC: 435437695

Editorializing "the Indian problem" :
ISBN: 0809327627 OCLC: 71350512

Southern Illinois University Press, Carbondale : 2007.

Drawing on four decades of New York Times editorials, Robert Hays demonstrates the magnitude of the conflict between Native American and white European cultures as settlers and adventurers spread rapidly across the continent in the post–Civil War period. From 1860 through 1900, the Times published nearly a thousand editorials on what was commonly called “the Indian problem.” Selecting some of the best of these editorials, Hays gives readers what current accounts cannot: contemporary writers’ perspectives on the public images of Native Americans and their place in a nation bent on expansion. Some editorials express the unbridled bitterness and raw ambition of a nation immersed in an agenda of conquest, while others resonate with the struggle to find a common ground. Still others evince an attitude of respect, which set the tone for reconciling national ambition with natural rights. American history demonstrates time and again the price of Manifest Destiny. Many of the issues confronting nineteenth-century Native Americans remain alive today: unemployment, infant mortality, suicide, crime, alcoholism, and poverty. In presenting the authentic and urgent voices of a national newspaper’s daily record, Hays illuminates the roots of our current challenges.

G-2 :
ISBN: 0764308009 OCLC: 44447213

Schiffer Military History, Atglen, PA : ©1999.

The enigmatic science of military intelligence is examined in this personal record, written by Brigadier General Oscar W. Koch, who served during World War II as chief of intelligence for General George S. Patton, Jr., one of the most colorful military leaders in American history. General Koch traces growth and development of the infant science through detailed accounts of the intelligence role in some of the most celebrated battles of the war, and through his personal rememberances of Patton and his relationships with members of his intelligence staff. His story moves from the African campaign through Sicily, into France on D-Day and on to the Battle of the Bulge, pointing out how the work of the intelligence staff made the differences in the final reckoning. General Koch's book is more than a historical study, however. It is the exciting story of the operations behind the cloak and dagger illusions.

State science in Illinois :
ISBN: 0809309432 OCLC: 5751436

Published for the Board of Natural Resources and Conservation of the Illinois Institute of Natural R Carbondale : ©1980.

The life and death of Lizzie Morris /
ISBN: 1935407449 OCLC: 467279253

"Bradley Morris, a still-vital WWII vet, has awful memories of combat. He and Lizzie visit a Sicilian battlefield where he was mortally wounded and his best friend died. This brings peace of mind, but then Lizzie has a heart attack and lies near death. He recalls their lives--young sweethearts, going to war, raising kids, his alcoholism, facing the turmoil in their home town of Memphis after the MLK assassination. Can he keep promises, reconcile an old quarrel over Vietnam with a son, overcome the guilt of surviving war when his friend did not? And can he renew the faith he lost in battle?"