Date of Award

1-1-2009

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy

Department

History

First Advisor

Batinski, Michael

Abstract

John W. E. Thomas (1847-1899) was elected as Illinois' first African American state legislator in 1877 and served three terms in the Illinois General Assembly. This dissertation serves as the first full length biography of Thomas and seeks to discuss African American politics and society in post Civil War Chicago.

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