Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Wau-Bun: The Early Day in the Northwest (Dodo Press)” as Want to Read:
Wau-Bun: The Early Day in the Northwest (Dodo Press)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

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

4.12 of 5 stars 4.12  ·  rating details  ·  17 ratings  ·  5 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)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Wau-Bun, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Wau-Bun

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 31)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
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
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
Crystal Foley
This is a good narrative as to what life was like in the 1830's in the upper midwest or as it was called then, the northwest. The story itself is a bit disjointed, however, if you are reading it to get a feel for the era, then you can forgive the storytelling.
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.
Another good midwest history read. The Lakeside Classic version has the feel and look one wants in such a book, but this will do.
Kelly is currently reading it
Aug 16, 2015
Jonna Higgins-Freese
Jonna Higgins-Freese marked it as to-read
Jul 14, 2015
Christine is currently reading it
Mar 16, 2015
Frank Bolin
Frank Bolin marked it as to-read
Feb 09, 2015
Julie marked it as to-read
Feb 28, 2014
Jean is currently reading it
Nov 10, 2013
Kerrie marked it as to-read
Sep 23, 2013
Roy Huff
Roy Huff marked it as to-read
Mar 24, 2013
Andi added it
Jan 29, 2013
Diane Killion
Diane Killion marked it as to-read
Oct 03, 2012
Carol added it
Sep 09, 2012
R.j. added it
May 26, 2012
Vic added it
Mar 07, 2012
« previous 1 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
from Library of Congress website
Kinzie, John H., Mrs., 1806-1870
Kinzie, Juliette Augusta (Magill), "Mrs. John H. Kinzie," 1806-1870. [from old catalog]
More about Juliette Augusta Kinzie...
The Early Day in the North-West"" Narrative of the Massacre at Chicago, August 15, 1812 and of Some Preceding Events (1914)

Share This Book