I recently came across this.
I’ve always known this and have written about it before, but this is worth sharing in light of the demographic dominance of Illinois by Lori Lightfoot’s Chicago.
The following excerpt comes from Michael Kazin’s book, A Godly Hero: The Life of William Jennings Bryan:
“A biracial society and a religiously diverse one also lay off in the future. Although the slave state of Missouri began just seventy miles west of town, across the broad Mississippi, Silas Bryan and his neighbors seldom needed to police a color line. The antebellum Illinois constitution barred blacks from entering the state, and subsequent laws prescribed stiff penalties for hiring them. The year Abraham Lincoln was elected president, census takers found only nine black people living in all of Marion County.”
Blacks weren’t citizens of Illinois and had to post a bond to enter the state.
“Illinois can claim the distinction of the first Senate race between two black candidates. In 2004, Barack Obama defeated Alan Keyes with 70 percent of the vote. But we’ve also had some uniquely racist contests. The 1858 election, which was the most famous Senate race in American history and propelled Abraham Lincoln to the presidency, featured both candidates competing over who would do the best job of keeping blacks out of Illinois, and preventing intermarriage between the races. …
So Douglas ran an all-out racist campaign. He accused Lincoln of plotting to free slaves all over the United States, and allowing them to settle in Illinois.
During a speech at the state fair in Centralia, Douglas harped on what he called the “unfortunate odor” of the race he persistently referred to derisively and asked his listeners whether they were prepared to “to eat with, ride with, go to church with, travel with [Negroes], and in other ways bring Congo odor into their nostrils.”
Douglas also played on the ultimate fear of opponents of race-mixing: black men marrying white women. Before a debate with Lincoln in Galesburg, young women supporting Douglas wore dresses embroidered with the motto “White Men or None.” In Charleston, Douglasites carried a banner depicting a white man standing with a black woman, under the motto “Negro Equality.”
Lincoln, who was suspected of abolitionism by many moderates, was back-footed by Douglas’s accusations that he favored racial equality. At first, he tried to accuse Douglas of promoting race mixing by enabling the spread of slavery. Where slavery existed, Lincoln said, the white and black races mingled “to an alarming degree. The Kansas-Nebraska Act and the Dred Scott decision were both part of “a conspiracy to Africanize the American continent.” …”
William Jennings Bryan was born in a White ethnostate … Illinois.
Stephen Douglas defeated Abraham “Africanus the I” Lincoln in that Illinois Senate race in 1858 by warning that the Republican Party intended to abolish slavery in the South, level all racial distinctions and unleash a tidal wave of free blacks into Illinois. In 2021, Juneteenth is replacing July the 4th and Illinois is being Africanized with the Juneteenth flag flying over the state capital in Springfield.
What if the Democratic Party hadn’t split over squatter sovereignty in 1860? How would American history have turned out if Stephen Douglas had won the presidency instead of his rival Abraham Lincoln?
Note: The flag raising ceremony below is actually in Philadelphia where the black liberation flag was raised to a chorus of black national anthem. BTW, the same people are against White Nationalism. For obvious reasons, black people favor their own race over ours and believe that should be the law.