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To the editor:
In September, I submitted an article (13,000-plus
words) to the Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society,
explaining the research conducted for writing the play script of the
Oct. 16 re-enactment of Abraham Lincoln's 1858 political rally and
speech in his first namesake city. I am pleased to report that
recently I received word from Professor Eileen McMahon, editor of
the JISHS, that the reviews of this article were positive, and it
has been accepted for publication.
This journal is a major print publication and is refereed,
meaning that article submissions are sent to professional historians
for anonymous review. Articles are accepted or rejected based on
these reviews. Subscribers to this journal include professional
historians, professors and other teachers, individuals from many
other professions and the business community, libraries, and
I offer special thanks to two members of the Abraham Lincoln
Bicentennial Commission of Lincoln, Illinois, for their
contributions of research cited in the article: Mr. Richard Sumrall,
who located U.S. census information indicating that in 1860 Logan
County included black residents, and Professor Ron Keller, who
located letters written by attorney Samuel C. Parks in his efforts
to get Abraham Lincoln to speak at Lincoln.
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The article will appear in a special 2009 issue focusing on the
Lincoln bicentennial. I will make an announcement when that issue
has been released. Typically, the Illinois State Historical Society
offers individual copies of an issue for sale.
Darold Leigh Henson, Ph.D.
Professor emeritus of English
Missouri State University, Springfield
Honorary member of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission of
Web site of the Illinois State Historical Society:
Web page of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission of
Web page about Henson's research and publications:
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