Academic journal article Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society

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Academic journal article Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society

The Editor's Page

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With the arrival of the new year comes a new look at the history of the state of Illinois. It is coincidence that all three of the articles in this issue concern the nineteenth century. But they have even more in common. All of the articles are the products of extensive research into sources that had not previously been tapped to show how the people of Illinois participated in important state and national events. The author of the first article uses family letters and photographs to show how national politics may have intruded into the everyday lives of Illinois pioneers in the early 1800s. The second uses diaries and letters from nurses in the Civil War to show how Illinois women contributed to the Union war effort. And the third uses local newspapers to illustrate the influence of Illinois politicians on the eventual outcome of the presidential election of 1880.

In his article, James Rees uses the letters that his family has kept for generations to throw new light on an early Illinois scandal. The author is the great great grandson of a man who was accused of murder in early nineteenth-century Kaskaskia. Dr. James Dunlap, the family's pioneer settler in Illinois, became embroiled in controversy when he became a pawn in the machinations of two opposing political factions.

Kathleen Hanson takes us on a fascinating journey to the battle for Vicksburg in her article about Illinois nurses during the Civil War. …

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