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Creating the Land of Lincoln: The History and Constitutions of Illinois, 1778-1870

Frank Cicero Jr.


This book links the state constitutions of Illinois to Abraham Lincoln’s legacy amendments to the U.S. Constitution. Beginning with Euro-American settlement in the region that would become Illinois, the narrative details the various nations that governed the territory and the issues that concerned its population, from degrees of authoritarian rule to the status of indentured servants and black and Native slaves. As the territory came under U.S. control through the Northwest Ordinance, its sparse population held southern attitudes toward government and slavery. Through an enabling act in 1818, ... More

Keywords: African Americans—civil rights, Chicago—economic history, governmental powers, Illinois—state constitutional conventions, Illinois—state constitutions, Illinois—state history, Abraham Lincoln—legacy, Republican Party—history, U.S. Constitution—amendments

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780252041679
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.5622/illinois/9780252041679.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Frank Cicero Jr., author