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Title:Historical formation of Urbana-Champaign
Author(s):UP 199_06-01; UP 199_06-02; UP 199_06-03
African American
Native American
Abstract:This project chronicles the historical formation of Champaign Urbana from the time of the early Native American tribes to present. The authors sought to better understand key factors in the shaping of the built environment over the past 100 years. The data for this research were obtained through living history, personal narratives, and collected interviews archived in the oral history project at the Urbana Free Library. This project concludes that, despite improvements in the general climate of racial segregation effecting Native Americans and African Americans since the 1960s, racism continues to be a problem.
Issue Date:2006-12-15
Publication Status:unpublished
Date Available in IDEALS:2007-08-22

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  • The University and the Community
    This collection of student research interrogates the relationships between the university and the local community.
  • Diversity on Campus/Equity and Access
    This collection examines ways in which the U.S. university and the American college experience are affected by diversity, and difference. In particular, these student projects examine experiences of diversity on campus, including important contemporary social, cultural, and political debates on equity and access to university resources.

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