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Abe rally-speech article to be published

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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 museums.

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 Lincoln, Illinois

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[Posted December 12, 2008]

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