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Keating authors new book “Rising up from Indian Country”

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Ann Durkin Keating, Dr. C. Frederick Toenniges Professor of History
Ann Durkin Keating, Dr. C. Frederick Toenniges Professor of History

Ann Durkin Keating, North Central College Dr. C. Frederick Toenniges Professor of History, has authored a new book, titled “Rising up from Indian Country: The Battle of Fort Dearborn and the Birth of Chicago,” published by the University of Chicago Press. The book’s release coincides with the Aug. 15, 2012, bicentennial of the Battle of Fort Dearborn.

Keating recounts the Battle of Fort Dearborn while situating it within the context of several wider histories that span the nearly four decades between the 1795 Treaty of Greenville, in which Native Americans gave up a square mile at the mouth of the Chicago River, and the 1833 Treaty of Chicago.
Keating tells a story not only of military conquest but of the lives of people on all sides of the conflict. She highlights such figures as Jean Baptiste Point de Sable and John Kinzie and demonstrates that early Chicago was a place of cross-cultural reliance among the French, the Americans and the Native Americans. Click here for more information. 

In advance of the book’s release, The Wall Street Journal published a thorough review by Lee Sandlin in its Aug. 11-12 issue and the Chicago Tribune published an opinion piece by Dennis Byrne. Upcoming interviews include a WGN news segment at 9 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14, and a 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15, report on the WTTW11 program “Chicago Tonight.” Keating also has made presentations to the Chicago Urban History Seminar, the Organization of American Historians (Milwaukee), the Illinois State Historical Society (Peoria), to K-12 teachers at the Chicago History Museum and more.

She is coeditor of “The Encyclopedia of Chicago” and author of several books, including “Chicagoland: City and Suburbs in the Railroad Age” and “Chicago Neighborhoods and Suburbs: A Historical Guide.” She also is coauthor of “North Central College: 150 Years. A Promising Start.”

Keating has been a member of North Central’s faculty since 1991. She received her B.A. from the University of Illinois and her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.