Jerry Crimmins on Fort Dearborn
From the Pritzker Military Library website:
"Join us for a discussion by Chicago's own prize-winning newspaper reporter and author Jerry Crimmins who will discuss his novel, Fort Dearborn. Told from the perspective of two young boys and their fathers—one a sergeant with the United States First Infantry, the other a Potawatomi warrior—readers can learn of the early days of Chicago's history. Crimmins weaves his story with rich detail from primary source material in the exploration of the events and driving forces that led to the Fort Dearborn Massacre during the War of 1812 in what is now downtown Chicago.
Using scores of letters, historical documents and maps, and long-forgotten Indian speeches Crimmins breathes life into the little known drama that took place. Early in the nineteenth century, the Potawatomi attempted to co-exist with the settlers at the newly built Fort Dearborn. But eventually the Native Americans turn to violence, in an effort to preserve their lands and customs. A suspenseful narrative, Fort Dearborn is also a remarkable historical account, meticulously documented, preserving a key period in early American and regional history."