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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It seems that, lately, the pages of this journal have concerned themselves with pre-twentieth-century Illinois history. Such is the case with this issue, although many of the book reviews deal with books about more recent goings-ons in the state. All four of the articles (actually, three articles and one response by a previous author to a critique of his work) are extensively researched and exceptionally fascinating. The author of the first article looks at slavery in Illinois with the eye of a legal expert. The second examines the bookshelves of the first favorite son of Illinois: Abraham Lincoln. The third uses an autobiography and the works of the most famous of Illinois architects to illuminate the complex nature of a business partnership.

In his article, Newton N. Newborn mines the decisions made by the state's Supreme Court justices during the 1840s and 1850s. He argues that the court progressively worked to eliminate the institution of slavery in Illinois through a "presumption of freedom" principle.

Famed historian Wayne Temple takes us into the law office of Abraham Lincoln and William Herndon in Springfield. …

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