Happy Birthday, Illinois: A Look Back 200 Years Ago

Abraham Lincoln is shown in Richmond, Va., being cheered by former slaves in 1865.
Abraham Lincoln is shown in Richmond, Va., being cheered by former slaves in 1865.
Abraham Lincoln is shown in Richmond, Va., being cheered by former slaves in 1865.
Abraham Lincoln is shown in Richmond, Va., being cheered by former slaves in 1865.

Happy Birthday, Illinois: A Look Back 200 Years Ago

Illinois became the 21st state to join the union exactly two hundred years ago today, on Dec. 3, 1818,

On the state’s birthday, we turn back the clock a couple hundred years to take a look at the early days of the Illinois frontier. Morning Shift sits down with Ann Keating, professor of history at North Central College, the co-editor of the book Encyclopedia of Chicago and author of Rising Up From Indian Country: The Battle of Fort Dearborn and the Birth of Chicago.

GUEST: Ann Keating, professor of history at North Central College

LEARN MORE: Illinois (History.com)

Happy birthday, Illinois — where the fix was in from the start (Chicago Tribune 12/3/18)