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Springfield in Sangamon County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Economic and Ethnic Diversity in Springfield

 
 
Economic and Ethnic Diversity in Springfield Marker image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, June 16, 2011
1. Economic and Ethnic Diversity in Springfield Marker
Inscription. In Abraham Lincoln's time, many residents of Springfield came from someplace else, whether a state or an ocean away. Southerners, northerners, and European immigrants came here to improve their lot in life, much as Lincoln had in 1837. Springfield's African American residents included both freemen who owned their own homes and businesses, such as Lincoln's neighbor Jameson Jenkins, and indentured servants who lived with their white employers.

On Lincoln's own street, occupations ranged from an elected state official to washer women; income levels varied widely; and houses ranged in size from modest dwellings to spacious two-story houses, such as the Lincoln Home.

According to the 1860 Census, Springfield's residents included Irish, German, Portuguese, and African Americans.

By the time Lincoln left Springfield in 1861, Illinois typified a border state, with a slave-holding tradition, a desire to preserve the Union, and a mixed population of both northerners and southerners.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Lincoln Home National Historic Site marker series.
 
Location. 39° 47.8′ N, 89° 38.702′ W. Marker is in Springfield, Illinois, in Sangamon County. Marker is on 8th Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Springfield IL 62701, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Underground Railroad in Lincoln's Neighborhood (here, next to this marker); Sarah Cook House (a few steps from this marker); Politics in the Neighborhood (a few steps from this marker); Allen Miller House (a few steps from this marker); Henson Robinson House (within shouting distance of this marker); Jesse K. Dubois House (within shouting distance of this marker); Mary Lincoln's Circle of Friends (within shouting distance of this marker); Julia Sprigg House (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Springfield.
 
Categories. Settlements & Settlers

 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 17, 2011, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 321 times since then and 43 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on October 17, 2011, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.
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