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Wau-Bun: The Early Day in the Northwest (Dodo Press)

4.07 of 5 stars 4.07  ·  rating details  ·  14 ratings  ·  4 reviews
Wau-bun: The Early Day in the Northwest (1873), recounts the author's experiences of life at Fort Winnebago, Wisconsin, in the early 1830s. She describes her journeys back and forth to the early settlement of Chicago and her complex cultural encounters with a diverse frontier society. The book also describes in detail the lives of Native Americans at the time and includes ...more
Paperback, 328 pages
Published May 18th 2007 by Dodo Press (first published 1856)
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Jane
Where I got the book: free on Kindle.

This is the real deal; a woman who lived on what was then the Western frontier telling it how it was. And making it all sound perfectly normal. Hostile tribes, swarms of mosquitos, dangerous journeys, injury and illness? No prob. Husband away for months? Near starvation? We can hack it.

Reading this short book really made me appreciate the spirit that built America. This was back when Chicago was a collection of huts (she describes, at one point, how they invi
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April Helms
Another book that had been on my "must read" list for a long time. This is an interesting read for anyone liking history, particularly history in the Wisconsin/Michigan/Illinois area. It also may be of interest to those involved in Girl Scouting -- Juliette Kinzie was the grandmother of Juliette Gordon Low, founder of the Girl Scouts. Mrs. Kinzie moved with her husband to Wisconsin, into Fort Winnebago, where he served as a liason between the tribes there and the United States government. This b ...more
Jean
This was a fascinating report of life in Portage, WI and the surrounding area in the early frontier days. The author married the Indian agent and came to Wisconsin with him as a young bride. She tells of many adventures. Her husband's parents had the first house in Chicago.
Patrick\
Another good midwest history read. The Lakeside Classic version has the feel and look one wants in such a book, but this will do.
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Kinzie, John H., Mrs., 1806-1870
Kinzie, Juliette Augusta (Magill), "Mrs. John H. Kinzie," 1806-1870. [from old catalog]
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