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Fort Dearborn: A Novel
by Jerry Crimmins
foreword by Gerald A. Danzer
Northwestern University Press, 2008
Cloth: 978-0-8101-2296-3 | Paper: 978-0-8101-2522-3 | eISBN: 978-0-8101-6201-3

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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 Using scores of letters, historical documents and maps, and long-forgotten Native American speeches, Jerry Crimmins breathes life into the little known drama that took place in the vicinity of the fort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.


AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY
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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