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

Article excerpt

Like most history journals, this one places both articles and book reviews in chronological order. In this issue, Ronald E. Shaw's article belongs to a subject and an era - the Civil Rights struggles of the 1960s - that is much later than the first three articles, all of which illuminate the early years of the 20th century. But if chronology rules in placing our contributions, there are also thematic matters to consider. Aaron Chandler's article is about a a colorful and important Illinois Senator, but it deals with an issue of national importance - the Treaty of Versailles and the League of Nations. Shaw's article takes the story of a confrontation between the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. and Mayor Richard J. Daley of Chicago and, though by no means ignoring its local importance, insists that it was in fact primarily a national event, part of a national program directed by Dr. King and the SCLC whose aim was to so publicize racial segregation and its attendant wrongs that political leaders in Washington, D. C. would feel compelled to create new Civil Rights legislation. In Shaw's view, this long-term effort was so successful that the familiar local interpretation - that Daley somehow managed to defeat King in 1966 - rather misses the point. …

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