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From slave to state legislator : John W.E. Thomas, Illinois' first African American lawmaker / David A. Joens.

Author/Creator:
Joens, David A., 1961-
Publication:
Carbondale : Southern Illinois University Press, c2012.
Format/Description:
Book
xiii, 256 p., [18] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.
Subjects:
Thomas, John W. E. (John William Edinburgh), 1847-1899.
African American legislators -- Illinois -- Biography.
Legislators -- Illinois -- Biography.
Illinois -- Politics and government -- 1865-1950.
Illinois -- Race relations -- History -- 19th century.
Contents:
Introduction: "A representative of its colored citizens"
"Let us come out like men": the historic election of 1876
"An able, attentive, and sensible representative": the first term and a failed reelection bid
"Justly entitled to representation": the long road back to the legislature
"Advising moderation in all things": the 1883 legislative session and colored convention
"We are here as citizens": reelection, the Civil Rights Bill, and another colored convention
"By no means an unimportant position": election to the office of South Town clerk in 1887
"You ought not insult the colored people!" a final bid for the state legislature
"Forget personal grievances": uniting the community as elder statesman
Conclusion: "leader of the colored race is dead".
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN:
9780809330584 (cloth : alk. paper)
080933058X (cloth : alk. paper)
9780809330607 (ebook)
0809330601 (ebook)
OCLC:
704372245
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