Hundreds of DuSables: The Hidden History of African-Descended People in the Great Lakes Region, 1720-1810 | Newberry

Hundreds of DuSables: The Hidden History of African-Descended People in the Great Lakes Region, 1720-1810

Led by Anna-Lisa Cox. One session, 9 am - noon.
Saturday, March 17, 2018

9 am - noon

Cost and Registration Information

Early Registration Price (January 9 at 10 am – January 26 at 4 pm): $70
Regular Registration Price (January 26 at 4 pm – first day of class): $77

Members, seniors, and students get a 10% discount.

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Excuse our dust!

Beginning January 2018 the Newberry will be undertaking renovation of much of the first floor. The Adult Education Seminars Program will still have use of the basement classrooms, but please check this link frequently for the latest conditions - which exterior doors are open or closed, where to find an accessible entrance, which restrooms are available, etc.

Because of the renovation, the Newberry Bookstore will be closed during the Winter/Spring and Summer 2018 terms. As such, seminar participants will be responsible for acquiring all required texts for their seminars on their own. We apologize sincerely for the inconvenience, and appreciate your understanding. We have put together a list of helpful resources that should make it easy to find the books you need.

Seminar Description

Have you ever wondered how DuSable came to be the first settler of Chicago? Was he alone or were there others like him? This seminar will reveal the histories of the earliest African-descended people in this region, from the enslaved people who came as part of a French exploratory expedition in the 1720s to the free traders who arrived later and thrived among the many cultures of Illinois long before Chicago existed. One session.

Anna-Lisa Cox holds her PhD in American history and is currently a non-resident fellow at Harvard’s Hutchins Center where she has just completed her forthcoming book, The Bone and Sinew of the Land: America’s Forgotten Black Pioneers and the Struggle for Equality, based on her exhibit at the Smithsonian’s new National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Materials List


  • There are no required materials for this class.

First Reading:

  • There is no reading assignment for the first class.

This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program. Learn more about our registration procedures.