A History of Illinois: From Its Commencement As a State in 1818 to 1847 / Edition 2

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Both cynical and self-serving, Illinois' seventh governor, Thomas Ford, also possessed an unrivaled sensitivity to the dynamics of frontier life. He reveals these and other qualities in his classic History of Illinois, which covers the state's first thirty years. Ford writes with candor of the lengthy "Hancock County difficulties" and the ouster of Mormons from the state, a considerable feat in light of his personal anti-Mormon tendencies. His lengthy treatment of the Black Hawk War and his writings on the slavery controversy in the state, the murder of Elijah Lovejoy, and the larger issues of violence and vigilantism in the Jacksonian America of which Ford was a part help show why this volume has been called the outstanding early survey of Illinois history. His young associate Abraham Lincoln was one of many early Illinois politicians Ford believed to be guilty of irresponsible behavior as members of the Illinois General Assembly. And, though he was sensitive to the presence of cultural conflict among early immigrants to Illinois and to the peculiarities of developing democratic institutions, Ford was no total admirer of those institutions.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780252021404
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1995
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.31 (h) x 1.05 (d)

Table of Contents

Bibliographical Note
Introduction to the 1995 Edition
Introduction 1
Preface 3
I The Achievement of Statehood, 1818-1821 7
II The Pioneer State, 1821-1827 30
III Political and Social Development, 1827-1830 52
IV The Black Hawk War, 1831-1832 67
V Conclusion of the War, 1832 91
VI The Internal Improvement Era, 1833-1840 112
VII Judicial and Financial Issues, 1838-1842 145
VIII Civil and Religious Discord, 1841-1842 157
IX Financial Ills and Legislative Remedies, 1842 194
X Politics and Mormonism, 1843-1844 219
XI The Downfall of Joseph Smith, 1844-1845 248
XII The Canal Problem and Its Solution, 1843-1845 260
XIII Expulsion of the Mormons, 1845-1846 284
XIV Crime and Violence in Massac County, 1846 309
Notes 317
Index 331
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