Softcover, Chicago: 1984. First Edition; First Printing. Very Good. This listing is for a unique collection of 1 handwritten letter, 2 typed letters, 2 typed manuscripts (with minor corrections), and 3 self-published softcover books written by Lorraine Passovoy, a Black author and researcher specializing in the Black history of Chicago. The collection is from the estate of Dion A Stams. Stams was a Black collector of books, ephemera, medals, paintings, currency, artifacts, etc - the vast majority of which had a connection to Black history. The items were given to Stam by Passovoy and they are stamped with either his personal bookplate style stamp or a date stamp indicating when he received the item.
Lorraine Passovoy was a Black author and researcher in Chicago whose work specialized in Jean Baptiste Point DuSable, the Black founder of Chicago. She also researched and wrote about the Underground Railroad in Chicago, John Jones (Black Chicago abolitionist), and the Atlantic slave trade.
The items included are: 2 copies "of Point Sable and Chicago 1778-80" by Lorraine Passovoy self-published; 2 copies of "The Mysterious Coat Button" by Passovoy published by the Peradam Publishing House (self-published according to Passovoy); 1 copy of "The Black Root Documents of Point Sable and Chicago" by Passovoy and Julien self-published; a typescript of "The Tailor Who Altered History" by Passovoy never published; a typescript of "Jeannot" by Passovoy never published, 2 typed and signed letters from Passovoy to Stams; 1 typed signed letter from Stams to Passovoy; 1 handwritten and signed letter from Stams to Passovoy. All items are dated. Condition ranges from VG to Near Fine.
The typed manuscript "The Taylor Who Altered History" is about John Jones, the richest Black man in Chicago and the city's primary Black leader who led the successful fight against the Black Codes of Illinois.
The typed manuscript "Jeannot" is about a captured Senegalese slave brought across the Atlantic to the Caribbean and then to Louisiana by the French and forced to participate in the first building of New Orleans. The title character becomes a slave leader and is chosen by the French to become their hangman to hang captured runaway slaves. Since refusal of the role means death, Jeannot cuts off his own right arm, making himself useless for the job. He becomes a folk hero and holy man. [Item #72073]