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James W. Loewen (1942-2021)

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Calhoun County

Illinois

Basic Information

Type of Place
County
Metro Area
Politics c. 1860?
Unions, Organized Labor?

Sundown Town Status

Confirmed Sundown Town?
Surely
Was there an ordinance?
Sign?
Year of Greatest Interest
Still Sundown?

Census Information

The available census data from 1860 to the present
Total White Black Asian Native Hispanic Other BHshld
1860
1870
1880
1890
1900
1910
1920
1930
1940
1950
1960
1970
1980
1990
2000 5084 2
2010 5032 7 2
2020

Method of Exclusion

Main Ethnic Group(s)

Group(s) Excluded

Comments

According to one Calhoun County resident, “Many of the Western Cartridge workers came from Calhoun County, IL, a farming area on the MS forty miles north. Calhoun County is recorded in the 1940 census as ‘8,207 whites; no Negroes; no other races.’ This is not by accident. Calhoun people see to it that no Negroes settle there. This is East Alton on a bigger scale, an earthly paradise for those who hate Negro Americans. But can the rest of America remain indifferent to their ‘self-determination.’Along with the white boys from Calhoun County, and a hundred other counties of the South…”