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General Information

Name:  Herman Lantz  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Born: 1920


Illinois Connection

He worked at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.

Biographical and Professional Information

Herman Lantz was an author, sociologist, and historian.

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Titles At Your Library

A Community in Search of Itself: A Case History of Cairo, Illinois
ISBN: 080930516X

Southern Illinois University Press. 1972

Cairo, Illinois, at the confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi rivers, was a city favored by geography and climate. It was founded in the early 1800s on great expectations. Its location at the head of major rivers navi­gable both summer and winter and its proximity to coal fields generated predictions that Cairo would soon surpass Louisville, Cincinnati, St. Louis, and even Chicago. Yet it failed to realize the success its promoters believed inevitable.

Using mainly primary sources such as newspapers, city council records, and census data, Herman R. Lantz has traced the history of the city and has pinpointed the economic, social, and psychological factors that helped to retard Cairo’s progress while other cities with the same, or even fewer, advantages flourished. The result is an important socio-historical contribution that attempts to explore the process of community failure in the perspective of national success.

Marital Incompatibility and Social Change in Early America (Research Papers in the Social Sciences)
ISBN: 0803905467

SAGE Publications Ltd. 1976

People of Coal Town
ISBN: 0809305380

Southern Illinois University Press. 1971

Excerpt from People of Coal Town

The need for basic research in the natural sciences has long been recognized. Of equal significance if social science is to develop is the need for basic research into the personal and social processes of human existence. This need is recognized by social scientists and its recognition is manifest in their orientation and conception of social research. The study reported here is in line with this develop ment

in the pages to follow a description and an analysis of life, past and present, in a coal-mining community will be offered.

The particular form of this analysis, the community study, repre sents a type of research which has had. Considerable appeal both for the professional social scientist and for the layman. For the professional the possibilities of the richness afforded by seeing life in a total setting are intriguing. For the layman these studies pos sess a vitality and zest which make their characters come to life and unfold a quality which is moving and real. Further, the community study, quite apart from any professional merits, is a potent way of communicating basic social science insights, and it takes what may normally be for the untrained observer a dull scheme of jargon and integrates this into a dynamic system providing insights into living people. Throughout the development of this study we have been conscious of the potentialities for the fullest realization of our data and we have tried to communicate our findings in a way which would be meaningful to our colleagues as well as to the layman.

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