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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The end of the year is nearly upon us and 2005 will be here before we know it. Illinois has been a state for nearly two centuries and the Illinois State Historical Society is over one hundred years old. Where does the time go? It is lucky for all of us, however, that there appears to be an unlimited number of topics about our state in which historians are interested and we all benefit from the passage of historical time. In this issue of the Journal, three authors from very diverse backgrounds tell us about the unique circumstances from which Illinois has emerged as an important place in American history. One tells us about a long-ago presidential agreement, another ruminates on the motivations and the historical knowledge of one of America's greatest novelists, and another takes us inside the boundaries of two seemingly mundane, but actually very interesting small towns.

In his article on early Illinois, librarian and historian James Edstrom takes a second look at the supposed pact between an early settler and President Thomas Jefferson to prohibit slavery. He examines the history of the family of James Lernen Sr. …

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