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Wednesday, July 8, 2015 12:43 am

The Amish and the "English"

Highlights from the fourth issue of Illinois Times, Oct. 9, 1975

The more things change, the more they stay the same. 

That's the feeling I get every time I pick up an old copy of Illinois Times. The fourth issue of IT came out on Oct. 9, 1975, and featured coverage of the Amish in the modern world, school desegregation, rural doctors, school dropouts and more. Check out larger versions of the photos and a few other tidbits in the slideshow below.


The cover story in the fourth issue explored how Amish communities were having to adapt in the face of competition from other farmers. 


I found this particularly interesting:

The same issue documented the slow acceptance in Springfield that desegregating the public schools needed to happen and that it would take some work.


Here, some of the kids at the mostly-black Lincoln show off for the camera.


Also appearing in that issue was an article on why kids drop out of school.


The photos in this piece were great. These kids look like they were in a band.

Great quote in this one.


This article will seem familiar to anyone who pays attention to Illinois politics, past or present.


The "Legislation" section of the paper reveals that state lawmakers were trying to ban smoking indoors for decades before they finally succeeded a few years ago.


Another decades-old problem that still remains: the paucity of health care access in rural areas.



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