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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What a year for history? This is the bicentennial of the launch (from Illinois's Mississippi River shore) of the Lewis and Clark expedition. It is the fiftieth anniversary of the momentous Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education. It is the twenty-fifth anniversary of the first moon landing. All of these events have helped to shape our modern lives. It is often the case that people do not pay much attention to history, unless a newspaper article or a television program reminds them of important landmarks. It is all the more important and exciting, therefore, that our contributors are adamant about their topics and that they do not want us to rest on earlier interpretations of either mundane or momentous events.

The articles that are included in the Summer Journal reflect just such an attitude. Two of our authors take a fresh look at the lives of early Illinois settlements in the nineteenth century. Thomas Conway uses the newlypublished Dictionary of Regional Englisli to examine the cultural milieu of backcountry folk; he uses Abraham Lincoln as an example of a man who both benefited from and later ran from his humble frontier origins. …

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