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Paul McClelland Angle, is the well-known Lincoln historian and author of The Lincoln Reader (1947), “Here Have I Lived”—A History of Lincoln’s Springfield (1935), and, with Carl Sandburg, Mary Lincoln, Wife and Widow (1932), among other books. He was secretary of the Abraham Lincoln Association from 1925 to 1932 and librarian of the Illinois State Historical Library and Illinois State Historian from 1932 to 1945. In 1945 he became director of the Chicago Historical Society. This wide experience in history, and particularly Illinois history, made him the perfect writer to set the violence in “Bloody Williamson” County in its proper perspective.
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