“In Lincoln’s Shadow” refers to a powerful and enduring symbolic
connection between the riot and the city’s most famous former resident:
Abraham Lincoln. After the Civil War, northern whites generally assumed
that violence against African Americans was a southern problem—and part
of the South’s moral inferiority. The Springfield riot shattered this assumption.
"From In Lincoln’s Shadow: The 1908 Race Riot in Springfield, Illinois,"
Trotter Review: Vol. 18
, Article 8.
Available at: http://scholarworks.umb.edu/trotter_review/vol18/iss1/8