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Inspired Self-Interest: Motivating Factors in the Relocation of the Illinois Seat of Government, 1836-1845 /by Patrick Pospisek
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TitleInspired Self-Interest: Motivating Factors in the Relocation of the Illinois Seat of Government, 1836-1845 /by Patrick Pospisek
SubjectIllinois--history
Lincoln, Abraham
Springfield (Ill.)--history
DescriptionThe purpose of this work is to explore the historiography of the politics involved with the move of the Illinois capital from Vandalia to Springfield in 1836, while offering fresh insight based on documented evidence. What follows is divided into four parts: The first, a thorough historiography, documents the errors and myths that have plagued an extensive understanding of the capital relocation; The second, a narrative based on historic documents, aims to end the production of erroneous relocation histories; the third examines the part played by Abraham Lincoln and the "Long Nine" in moving the seat of government; the final section brings to light those "men of capital, " to whom little attention has been paid. In all, this work is intended to revise the current relocation historiography by correcting factual errors, by limiting unwarranted hero worship of Springfield's great men, and by expanding the historically narrow view of the capital's implications for Springfield. 95p. Winner of the University of Illinois at Springfield's Outstanding Thesis Award, 2005.
CreatorPospisek, Patrick
Date Original2004
TypeMaster's Thesis
Text
FormatPDF, 5.13MB
IdentifierJ54/50/4707
SourceArchives/Special Collections, Brookens Library, University of Illinois at Springfield
Languageeng
RightsCopyright 2004, Patrick Pospisek. Used with permission.
Physical Description95p., 8.5"x11"
Date Digital2006-07-19
CollectionOutstanding Student Masters' Theses (University of Illinois at Springfield)
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