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Name:  Carl J. Ekberg  

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Born: 1938 in St Paul, Minnesota

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Ekberg is a professor emeritus at Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Carl J. Ekberg is a professor emeritus at Illinois State University and an expert onthe French in colonial Illinois. He is the author of many books, including the award-winning Colonial Ste. Genevieve and French Roots in the Illinois Country: The Mississippi Frontier in Colonial Times. He has also edited [http://www.amazon.com/Account-Upper-Louisiana-Nicolas-Fineils/dp/0826207022/ref=sr_1_12?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1420566348&sr=1-12 An Account of Upper Louisiana] and [http://www.amazon.com/Early-modern-Europe-source-readings/dp/B000HDCC88/ref=sr_1_14?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1420566728&sr=1-14 Early Modern Europe: A Book of Source Readings].


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The Failure of Louis XIV's Dutch War
ISBN: 0807896578

The University of North Carolina Press. 2011

Begun as a royal adventure to enhance the glory of the king, the Dutch War sparked serious debate within the French government over the relationship of the ruler to the state. Ekberg focuses on one significant year of the war and explains how, despite opposition by several counselors, the king escalated the original conflict into a full European war and wrought a dramatic shift in French policy. The study is arranged thematically to bring clarity to a period of complex issues.

Originally published in 1979.

A UNC Press Enduring Edition -- UNC Press Enduring Editions use the latest in digital technology to make available again books from our distinguished backlist that were previously out of print. These editions are published unaltered from the original, and are presented in affordable paperback formats, bringing readers both historical and cultural value.

A Cultural Geographical and Historical Study of the Pine Ford Lake Project Area - Washington, Jefferson, Franklin, and St. Francois Counties, Missouri
ISBN: B00BVDA1IQ

PN. 1980

Colonial Ste. Genevieve: An Adventure on the Mississippi Frontier
ISBN: 1880397145

Patrice Pr. 1996

Dr. Ekberg's masterwork on the old French town south of St. Louis brings into sharp focus life in colonial America. "Ekberg has rendered a rich portrait of community life on the most fascinating of American frontiers, the composite world of French Creoles and American Indians in the Mississippi Valley. This is an important book and a good read to boot." That's how Yale University's John Mack Faragher praised this book.

Excavations at the Laurens Site : probable location of Fort de Chartres I
ISBN: B009Z29CXU

Ulan Press. 2012

This book was originally published prior to 1923, and represents a reproduction of an important historical work, maintaining the same format as the original work. While some publishers have opted to apply OCR (optical character recognition) technology to the process, we believe this leads to sub-optimal results (frequent typographical errors, strange characters and confusing formatting) and does not adequately preserve the historical character of the original artifact. We believe this work is culturally important in its original archival form. While we strive to adequately clean and digitally enhance the original work, there are occasionally instances where imperfections such as blurred or missing pages, poor pictures or errant marks may have been introduced due to either the quality of the original work or the scanning process itself. Despite these occasional imperfections, we have brought it back into print as part of our ongoing global book preservation commitment, providing customers with access to the best possible historical reprints. We appreciate your understanding of these occasional imperfections, and sincerely hope you enjoy seeing the book in a format as close as possible to that intended by the original publisher.

The legacy: A survey of the historical architecture of the Town of Normal
ISBN: 0962558508

Town of Normal. 1990

French Roots in the Illinois Country: The Mississippi Frontier in Colonial Times
ISBN: 0252069242

University of Illinois Press. 2000

Creates a picture of the Illinois country as a single ethnic, economic, and cultural entity. Focusing on the French Creole communities along the Mississippi River, this book shows how land use practices intersected with several issues between Illinois and New Orleans to the significance of the mentalities of French Creoles and Anglo-Americans.

Francois Vallé and His World: Upper Louisiana before Lewis and Clark (MISSOURI BIOGRAPHY SERIES)
ISBN: 0826214185

University of Missouri. 2002

Winner of the Kemper & Leila Williams Prize in Louisiana History for excellence in historical scholarship for the year 2002, awarded by The Historic New Orleans Collection, The Louisiana Historical Association.

In François Vallé and His World, Carl Ekberg provides a fascinating biography of François Vallé (1716–1783), placing him within the context of his place and time. Vallé, who was born in Beauport, Canada, immigrated to Upper Louisiana (the Illinois Country) as a penniless common laborer sometime during the early 1740s. Engaged in agriculture, lead mining, and the Indian trade, he ultimately became the wealthiest and most powerful individual in Upper Louisiana, although he never learned to read or write.

Ekberg focuses on Upper Louisiana in colonial times, long before Lewis and Clark arrived in the Mississippi River valley and before American sovereignty had reached the eastern bank of the Mississippi. He vividly captures the ambience of life in the eighteenth-century frontier agricultural society that Vallé inhabited, shedding new light on the French and Spanish colonial regimes in Louisiana and on the Mississippi River frontier before the Americans arrived.

Based entirely on primary source documents—wills and testaments, parish registers of baptisms, marriages, and burials, and Spanish administrative correspondence—found in archives ranging from St. Louis and Ste. Genevieve to New Orleans and Seville, François Vallé and His World traces not only the life of François Vallé and the lives of his immediate family members, but also the lives of his slaves. In doing so, it provides a portrait of Missouri’s very first black families, something that has never before been attempted. Ekberg also analyzes how the illiterate Vallé became the richest person in all of Upper Louisiana, and how he rose in the sociopolitical hierarchy to become an important servant of the Spanish monarchy.

François Vallé and His World provides a useful corrective to the fallacious notion that Missouri’s history began with the arrival of Lewis and Clark at the turn of the nineteenth century. Anyone with an interest in colonial history or the history of the Mississippi River valley will find this book of great value.

Louis Bolduc: His Family and His House
ISBN: 1880397463

Patrice Pr. 2002

Stealing Indian Women: Native Slavery in the Illinois Country
ISBN: 025203208X

University of Illinois Press. 2007

The first history of Indian slavery in the Mississippi Valley during the colonial era.

Based almost entirely on original source documents from the United States, France, and Spain, Carl J. Ekberg's Stealing Indian Women provides a novel overview of Indian slavery in the Mississippi Valley. His detailed study of a fascinating and convoluted criminal case involving various slave women and a métis (mixed-blood) woodsman named Céladon illuminates race and gender relations, Creole culture, and the lives of Indian slaves--particularly women--in ways never before possible.

A French Aristocrat in the American West: The Shattered Dreams of De Lassus De Luzičres
ISBN: 0826218962

University of Missouri. 2010

In 1790, Pierre-Charles de Lassus de Luzières gathered his wife and children and fled Revolutionary France. His trek to America was prompted by his “purchase” of two thousand acres situated on the bank of the Ohio River from the Scioto Land Company—the institution that infamously swindled French buyers and sold them worthless titles to property. When de Luzières arrived and realized he had been defrauded, he chose, in a momentous decision, not to return home to France. Instead, he committed to a life in North America and began planning a move to the Mississippi River valley.

De Luzières dreamed of creating a vast commercial empire that would stretch across the frontier, extending the entire length of the Ohio River and also down the Mississippi from Ste. Genevieve to New Orleans. Though his grandiose goal was never realized, de Luzières energetically pursued other important initiatives. He founded the city of New Bourbon in what is now Missouri and recruited American settlers to move westward across the Mississippi River. The highlight of his career was being appointed Spanish commandant of the New Bourbon District, and his 1797 census of that community is an invaluable historical document. De Luzières was a significant political player during the final years of the Spanish regime in Louisiana, but likely his greatest contributions to American history are his extensive commentaries on the Mississippi frontier at the close of the colonial era.

A French Aristocrat in the American West: The Shattered Dreams of De Lassus de Luzières is both a narrative of this remarkable man’s life and a compilation of his extensive writings. In Part I of the book, author Carl Ekberg offers a thorough account of de Luzières, from his life in Pre-Revolutionary France to his death in 1806 in his house in New Bourbon. Part II is a compilation, in translation, of de Luzières’s most compelling correspondence. Until now very little of his writing has been published, despite the fact that his letters constitute one of the largest bodies of writing ever produced by a French émigré in North America.

Though de Luzières’s presence in early American history has been largely overlooked by scholars, the work left behind by this unlikely frontiersman merits closer inspection. A French Aristocrat in the American West brings the words and deeds of this fascinating man to the public for the first time.

The Failure of Louis XIV's Dutch War
ISBN: 0807896578

The University of North Carolina Press. 2011

Begun as a royal adventure to enhance the glory of the king, the Dutch War sparked serious debate within the French government over the relationship of the ruler to the state. Ekberg focuses on one significant year of the war and explains how, despite opposition by several counselors, the king escalated the original conflict into a full European war and wrought a dramatic shift in French policy. The study is arranged thematically to bring clarity to a period of complex issues.

Originally published in 1979.

A UNC Press Enduring Edition -- UNC Press Enduring Editions use the latest in digital technology to make available again books from our distinguished backlist that were previously out of print. These editions are published unaltered from the original, and are presented in affordable paperback formats, bringing readers both historical and cultural value.

St. Louis Rising: The French Regime of Louis St. Ange de Bellerive
ISBN: 0252038975

University of Illinois Press. 2015

The standard story of St. Louis's founding tells of fur traders Pierre Laclčde and Auguste Chouteau hacking a city out of wilderness. St. Louis Rising overturns such gauzy myths with the contrarian thesis that French government officials and institutions shaped and structured early city society. Of the former, none did more than Louis St. Ange de Bellerive. His commitment to the Bourbon monarchy and to civil tranquility made him the prime mover as St. Louis emerged during the tumult following the French and Indian War.


Drawing on new source materials, the authors delve into the complexities of politics, Indian affairs, slavery, and material culture that defined the city's founding period. Their alternative version of the oft-told tale uncovers the imperial realities--as personified by St. Ange--that truly governed in the Illinois Country of the time, and provide a trove of new information on everything from the fur trade to the arrival of the British and Spanish after the Seven Years' War.


Awards

-- French Roots in the Illinois Country: The Mississippi Frontier in Colonial Times

Kemper and Leila Williams Book Prize for best book on Louisiana history, 1998Colonial Ste. Genevieve: An Adventure on the Mississippi Frontier

Illinois State Historical Society’s Award for Superior Achievement in Scholarship

Gilbert Chinard Prize

Best Book Award of the French Colonial Historical Society