Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society

Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society is an academic journal focusing on the Illinois State Historical Society

Articles from Vol. 102, No. 1, Spring

"God Didn't Curse Me When He Made Me Black"
I think he was conscious of the fact... that he was a black chairman, that he was in a sea of sharks with the Southern chairmen that were, for want of another word, competition. But boy they all respected him. . .they sure showed him a lot of respect.1...
Governor Edward Coles and the Vote to Forbid Slavery in Illinois, 1823-1824
Governor Edward Coles and the Vote to Forbid Slavery in Illinois, 1823-1824. By David Ress. (Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co., 2006). Pp. Vii, 203. Illus., notes, bib., index. Paper $35.00.Illinois alone among the states in antebellum America had occasion...
Key Command: Ulysses S. Grant's District of Cairo
Key Command: Ulysses S. Grant's District of Cairo. By T. K Kionka, (Columbia: University of Missouri Press). Pp.xii, 229 pp., $39.95.The history of Illinois, the Civil War, and borderlands history are all made richer by the writing of this book. In general...
Ku Kluxers in a Coal Mining Community: A Study of the Ku Klux Klan Movement in Williamson County, Illinois, 1923-1926
On the night of April 14, 1926, John H. Smith was standing in front of his auto garage with countless bullet holes. According to the Chicago Tribune, he said, "Look at my garage. It is like a sieve. I'm through. I want peace. For six years I've fought...
Our Town: A Heartland Lynching, a Haunted Town, and the Hidden History of White America
Our Town: A Heartland Lynching, a Haunted Town, and the Hidden History of White America. By Cynthia Carr. (New York: Crown Publishers, 2006. Pp. 3, 501. Illustrations, photographs, index. Cloth, $25.95)On the scale of American racial ugliness, spectacle...
The Editor's Page
This Spring 2009 issue of the Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society begins fittingly with an article on baseball - Negro League baseball. In "The Southern Against the South: The Chicago Conspiracy in the 1932 Negro Southern Baseball League,"...
The Legacy of Bronzeville
Seen by many southern blacks a "promised land," Chicago was a focal point of the Great Migration of the early and mid-twentieth century. By the 1950s their community, also known as "Bronzeville" and the "Black Metropolis," was the nation's second largest...
The Southern against the South: The Chicago Conspiracy in the 1932 Negro Southern Baseball League
The "major" Negro league before and after 1932 was the Negro National League, but depression and declining revenues forced the circuit to close operations that year. In its absence rose the Negro Southern League (NSL) and the East-West Colored League,...
This Day in Illinois History
This Day in Illinois History. By Jeff Ruetsche. (Cincinnati: Emmis Books, 2005). pp. 399. $17.95This Day in Illinois History is a book whose title explains everything. Author Jeff Ruetsche goes through each day of the year, finds one memorable event...
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