Juliette Kinzie

Juliette Kinzie

Juliette Kinzie chronicled Chicago’s early history in personalized accounts, with highly stylistic literary flourishes, ultimately resulting in the publishing of her book Wau-Bun: “Early Day” in the North-West in 1856. Kinzie, who married into the family of one of Chicago’s first family of white settlers, captures in this book the social and cultural interactions of early Chicago among the white traders and trappers arriving in the area, and the established Native Americans who struggle to coexist, and at times resist, these newcomers. It is generally viewed that Chicago’s literary history begins with Kinzie’s writings.       


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