Academic journal article Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society

The Editor's Page

Academic journal article Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society

The Editor's Page

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All the articles in this issue were first presented at the Annual Symposium of our Society. Terry A. Barnhart presented his at the 2001 event; the three "senatorial papers"-if my memory is accurate-were all given in 2000. All four are the work of dedicated and accomplished professional historians who, though at different stages of their careers, have mastered the art of preparing manuscripts for publication. Apart from getting the notes to conform to our style, I did virtually no tinkering with these articles.

The issue is also more about politics than is typical of historical journals these days, including this one. To be sure, the first and longest article is about intellectual history but the intellectual concerns of the founders of this state were never far removed from their political concerns. If this makes the issue old-fashioned, one suspects that it is nevertheless fashionably so: books about American politics and politicians have once again proved to be bestsellers throughout the United States. …

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