Early Chicago, 1833–1871
A Selection of Documents from the Illinois State Archives
DOCUMENT 33PETITION FOR THE FREE USE OF THE STATE STREET MARKET HALL
December 17, 1855
In 1857, William Anderson, a former slave, wrote Life and Narrative of William Anderson, or the Dark Deeds of American Slavery Revealed, Containing Scriptural Views of the Origin of the Black Man and White Man. Also, A Simple and Easy Plan to Abolish Slavery in the U States, Together with Some Account of the Services of Colored Men, in the Revolutionary War—Day and Date, and Interesting Facts.
It was fifty-nine pages in length and printed by the Daily Tribune Book and Job Office of Chicago. The council granted Anderson's petition.
Points to Consider
Who was William Anderson?
What did he intend to do with the proceeds from his lecture?
What were some of the services performed by blacks during the Revolutionary War?
Is the study of black history a recent development?