Fort Dearborn at the beginning of the War of 1812 . . . is it a Battle or a Massacre? How should we, in the twenty-first century, talk about the events that occurred on Chicago’s lakefront on August 15, 1812 — a month-and-a-half after the declaration of war? How do we describe what happened to the column of approximately 100 soldiers, farmers, women and children in Indian Country that abandoned Fort Dearborn, mostly on foot, for Fort Wayne when they are attacked by approximately 500 Native Americans?

Join us in this episode of the Windy City Historians Podcast for the second half of our interview with history professor Ann Durkin Keating, Ph.D. and The First Star — a reference to the first star on the Flag of Chicago. Does William Wells actually get his heart carved out to be eaten by the victors? Find out about this and much more as we discuss the final events, implications, art and language surrounding Chicago and aftermath of this infamous attack in Chicago in 1812. We hope you will enjoy it as much as we have putting it together!

Links to Research and History Documents

2 comments on Episode 12: The First Star – part two

  1. Bart Casper says:

    Once again the WCH podcast has filled in much of the color and background to a rather sketchy mythology around one of, if not the, pivotal events of the early history of Chicago. I cannot wait to delve into Dr. Keating’s book, “Rising Up From Indian Country.” It has been patiently waiting to be me since Fathers Day when, based on your earlier podcasts I received it from my kids, along with “Early Chicago”, by Ulrich Danckers and Jane Meredith. These texts and the other reference material linked herein, coupled with these fascinating conversations you have recorded, have given fresh breath to what now seems the anemic story of Chicago history, bringing the personalities, motivations and contexts to the characters and actors, which were beforehand only wooden and flat.
    Thank you again sincerely.

    1. Bart — thanks so much for listening and the high praise. Also totally agree about both those books, which I also use and enjoy for the history and as great reference materials in my personal library. Hope you continue to enjoy the podcast!!

      Patrick

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