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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  David A. Joens  

Pen Name: None

Genre: History Non-Fiction

Born: October 5, 1961 in Springfield, Illinois


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Illinois Connection

Joens lives in Springfield, Illinois. He has a B. A. degree in history and political science from Northern Illinois University, master’s degrees in both history and political science from the University of Illinois at Springfield, and a Ph. D. in history from Southern Illinois University. A fifth generation resident of Illinois, he currently resides in Springfield, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Joens is the director of the Illinois State Archives and is the author of several articles and three books on Illinois government and history. He is also a U. S. Army veteran and a former newspaper reporter.


Selected Titles At Your Library

Almanac of Illinois politics, 2000 /
ISBN: 0938943189. OCLC Number: 45548551

Institute for Public Affairs, University of Illinois at Springfield,. .

From slave to state legislator :
ISBN: 080933058X. OCLC Number: 784953409

Southern Illinois University Press,. .

As the first African American elected to the Illinois general assembly, John W.E. Thomas was the recognized leader of the state's African American community for nearly twenty years and laid the groundwork for the success of future black leaders in Chicago politics. Despite his key role in the passage of Illinois' first civil rights act and his commitment to improving his community against steep personal and political barriers, Thomas's life and career have been long forgotten by historians and the public alike. This fascinating full-length biography-the first to address the ful.

Additional Title Information

  • From Slave to State Legislator: John W. E. Thomas, Illinois' First African American Lawmaker

    , Southern Illinois University Press, 2012

  • Almanac of Illinois Politics – 2000

    , University of Illinois at Springfield Press, 2000


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