Creating the Land of Lincoln

The Newberry

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Near North Side, Downtown/Loop/Gold Coast
60 W Walton St
Btwn N Clark & N Dearborn Streets
Chicago, Illinois 60610
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Venue: Ruggles Hall
Class Level: All levels
Age Requirements: 18 and older
Average Class Size: 14

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How three constitutions built the modern Prairie State.

In its early days, Illinois seemed destined to extend the American South. Its population of transplants lived an upland southern culture and in some cases owned slaves. Yet the nineteenth century and three constitutions recast Illinois as a crucible of northern strength and American progress.

Frank Cicero, Jr. provides an appealing new history of Illinois as expressed by the state’s constitutions—and the lively conventions that led to each one. In Creating the Land of Lincoln: The History and Constitutions of Illinois, 1778-1870, he sheds light on the vital debates of delegates who, freed from electoral necessity, revealed the opinions, prejudices, sentiments, and dreams of Illinoisans at critical junctures in state history.

Cicero analyzes decisions large and small that fostered momentous social and political changes. The addition of northern land in the 1818 constitution, for instance, opened up the state to immigrant populations that reoriented Illinois to the north. Legislative abuses and rancor over free blacks influenced the 1848 document and the subsequent rise of a Republican Party that gave the nation Abraham Lincoln as its president. Cicero concludes with the 1870 constitution, revealing how its dialogues and resolutions set the state on the modern course that still endures today.

Cicero will engage in a discussion about the book with D. Bradford Hunt, the Newberry’s Vice President for Research and Academic Programs. After the conversation, Mr. Cicero will sign copies of the book, which will be available for purchase.

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The Newberry does not have a visitor parking lot. Limited metered parking is available on the street. Daytime and evening parking restrictions do apply

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