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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It has been quite a while since the Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society ran an issue devoted to Lincoln and his times.

Neither the Editorial Board nor the Editor planned this one. A number of interesting articles arrived within a few weeks of each other, and announced in chorus, "We are a Lincoln issue."

Only one of our contributors, Wayne Temple, has been publishing works on Lincoln for a long time. I await with considerable interest his reaction to an issue in which his recent work is so thoroughly discussed and utilized. The others, whether making new discoveries, or synthesizing earlier studies, are certainly in tune with the present phase of Lincoln Studies in Illinois: looking at the man chiefly before he became a national figure, and more particularly at the scene and supporting cast in Illinois which, improbably, sped him toward his national destiny.

A fine manuscript that has arrived in the last few days (too late to be in this issue) mentions a Robert Lincoln in Hancock County before and during the Civil War, and furthermore mentions his eligibility for public office, except for a certain problem: his Roman Catholic religion. …

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