Fighting Slavery in Chicago: Abolitionists, the Law of Slavery and Lincoln

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Charles Volney Dyer came to Chicago in 1835 as physician to the garrison at Fort Dearborn. Outraged at the assassination of abolitionist editor, Elijah Lovejoy, in Alton, Illinois, he rallied Chicgoans to form the Chicago Chapter of the Anti-Slavery Society. With them, he operated the Illinois Station of the Underground Railroad, freeing over 1000 slaves. Tracing Dyer's activities from 1835-1865, Campbell sweeps in the many players and steps in the fight against slavery. Dyer established newspapers, including "National Era" which first published "Uncle Tom's Cabin," and "Western Citizen" which became the "FreeWest" and later the "Chicago Tribune." He founded anti-slavery political parties--the Liberty Party, the Free Soil Party and the Illinois Republican Party, which hosted the first Republican Convention,at which Dyer helped secure the nomination for Lincoln in 1860 in Chicago. Lincoln is rightfully immortalized as the Great Emancipator and this book clearly demonstrates that Chicago abolitionists played a significant role in pushing slavery down the road to its ultimate extinction.

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Tom Campbell is an attorney who specializes in the trial of business disputes. One of the skills of a trial lawyer is the ability to express complicated ideas in a simple way. This was something Lincoln excelled at and something Campbell has emulated in explaining his arguments in a chapter of Illinois history that largely has gone unexplored to date. Campbell is a graduate of Dartmouth, received his D.J. degree from Cornell and has been named one of the Best Lawyers in America. He lives and works in Chicago.

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