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Volume 47 • Number 1 • December 1993

Feature Essay
The Constitutional Convention of 1818:
A Biographical Profile

   James A. Edstrom, Senior Cataloger
   Illinois Newspaper Project
Change and Evolution on the Illinois Frontier
   Maria Conley
   Crystal Lake South High School
   Crystal Lake
Illinois Statehood and the Demise
of the Native American

   Kristina Blatchford
   Carbondale Community High School
10 Morris Birkbeck: Settling Illinois
   Lisa Krotiak
   Tinley Park High School
   Tinley Park
12 Immigrant and Native:
The Literature of Early Illinois

   Mary McKillip
   Carbondale Community High School
14 John Mesinger: Illinois' First Speaker
of the House of Representatives

   Lori Torigian
   Belleville Township High School West
15 Pierre Menard
   Amanda Jansen
   All Saints Academy
17 Slavery in Early Illinois
   Allan Claybon
   Brookwood Junior High School
18 Shadrach Bond: First Governor
   Kelly Griswold
   Eldorado Junior High School
19 The Illinois Constitution
   Jay Kersh
   Brookwood Junior High School

On the cover: This early coat of arms for the State of Illinois depicts the prominent features of life in Illinois —agriculture and transportation. Today, 175 years later, advancements in both areas have helped Illinois maintain its position as a strong industrial state.

All photos unless otherwise credited are courtesy Illinois State Historical Library, Mary Michals, Iconographer.

20 Nathaniel Pope: From Connections and
Factional Politics to Champion of Statehood

   Michael Desai
   Carbondale Community High School
22 Edwardsville, 1818-1820
   Karen Heinz
   Civic Memorial High School
23 Hardships on the Illinois Prairie
   Kara R. Guzzo
   Sonshine Academy Homeschool
24 A Town Called Kaskaskia
   Elizabeth Weir
   Montmorency School
   Rock Falls

Editor's Note: Illinois College in Jacksonville awarded two partial scholarships to student historians writing research papers in the spring 1993 history fairs on "Illinois: Statehood in 1818." The Illinois College scholarship winning papers are the first two student essays published here. The other papers were selected from those submitted for consideration this fall.

Statehood is an appropriate topic for this month's Illinois History because on December 3, 1993, our state will celebrate its one hundred and seventy-fifth birthday. Here is a present we trust you will value through the years.

Illinois Historic Preservation Agency

Julie Cellini, Trustee, Chair
Pamela A. Daniels, Trustee
Samuel Lilly, Trustee
Frank J. Mason, Trustee
Sally B. Schanbacher, Trustee
Carol Stein, Trustee
Susan Mogerman, Director Maynard Crossland,
Division Manager,

  Public Affairs and Development
Keith A. Sculle,Head, Education and Research

Illinois History
Keith A. Sculle, Editor
Cynthia A. Fuener, Design
Jacqueline M. Hughes, Editorial Assistant

Illinois History (ISSN 0019-2058) is published three times during the school year, December, February, and April, by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency. Printed by authority of the State of Illinois. Second-class postage paid at Springfield, Illinois. Articles may be reprinted with credit. Subscription rates: One copy is sent free on request to all schools in Illinois. Additional school-use subscriptions are $1 per volume (three issues). All other subscriptions are $3 per volume. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Illinois History, Old State Capitol, Springfield, Illinois, 62701.

Printed by authority of the State of Illinois
Jim Edgar, Governor

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