Economic and Ethnic Diversity in Springfield

Economic and Ethnic Diversity in Springfield (HMWNQ)

Location: Springfield, IL 62703 Sangamon County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 47.8', W 89° 38.702'

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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.

Series This marker is part of the Illinois: Lincoln Home National Historic Site series
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Date Added Saturday, October 18th, 2014 at 10:11am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 273537 N 4408536
Decimal Degrees39.79666667, -89.64503333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 47.8', W 89° 38.702'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 47' 48.00" N, 89° 38' 42.12" W
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Area Code(s)217
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 500 S 8th St, Springfield IL 62703, US
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