5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
“Chicago in Indian Country: The Murder of Jean B. Lalime”
Ann Keating, North Central College
This paper is an excerpt from the first chapter of a manuscript that explores the Fort Dearborn era in Chicago (1803-1812). The resulting book will culminate in a reconsideration of the August 1812 battle that brought the destruction of the first Fort Dearborn. My research focuses on the many individuals who called the Chicago area home during these years, as well as their overlapping family, linguistic, business, social, and national networks. In this paper, I explore the lives of Jean Lalime and John Kinzie, two men whose lives show the complex allegiances that evolved in early Chicago, where personal connections, not institutions, formed the bedrock of society.