From slave to state legislator : John W.E. Thomas, Illinois' first African American lawmaker / David A. Joens.
- Carbondale : Southern Illinois University Press, c2012.
xiii, 256 p.,  p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.
- 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.
- 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".
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
- 9780809330584 (cloth : alk. paper)
080933058X (cloth : alk. paper)
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