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ABOUT THIS BOOK
In a story that brings to life the founding of one of the world's great cities, Fort Dearborn takes us back to Chicago's early struggle of fire and blood. Through the eyes of two young boys and their fathers--one father a sergeant with the United States First Infantry, the other a Potawatomi warrior--we see the events that lead up to the Fort Dearborn Massacre. Using scores of letters, historical documents and maps, and long-forgotten Native American speeches, Jerry Crimmins breathes life into the little known drama that took place in the vicinity of the fort that once occupied what is now downtown Chicago. A suspenseful narrative, Fort Dearborn is also a remarkable historical account, minutely observed and meticulously documented, preserving a key moment in American history.
Jerry Crimmins has been a reporter and editor in the Chicago newspaper business for more than thirty years at the Chicago Tribune, the Associated Press, the City News Bureau of Chicago, and now at the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Foreword Acknowledgments Prologue Chapter 1. Future Site of Michigan Avenue and Wacker Drive, Chicago Chapter 2. Quarrel on the Prairie Chapter 3. Indians Chapter 4. Boys and Trouble Chapter 5. At Fort Dearborn Chapter 6. The Fort Chapter 7. Spotted Trout's Dream Chapter 8. Sergeant and Son Chapter 9. Main Poc Chapter 10. Leigh Farm Chapter 11. The Challenge Chapter 12. To the Finish Chapter 13. The Changing of the Guard Chapter 14. Black Partridge Chapter 15. The MIddle Ground Unravels Chapter 16. Hen Splashes Chapter 17. Signs and Wonders Chapter 18. Jimmy and Johnny Chapter 19. Russell and Leigh Farm Chapter 20. Feud Again Chapter 21. Patrol Chapter 22. Express Rider Chapter 23. Lalime and Kinzie Chapter 24. Eleanor Kinzie Chapter 25. The Choice Chapter 26. An Order Arrives Chapter 27. "War Array" Chapter 28. William Wells Chapter 29. Options Chapter 30. Indian Country Chapter 31. The Debate Chapter 32. Night and Morning Chapter 33. The Battle Begins Chapter 34. The Indians Chapter 35. Strong Pike Chapter 36. Aftermath Author's Note Methodology Notes Bibliography
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