Whitewashing History: Ft Dearborn Massacre is now the Ft. Dearborn “Collision of Visions”
The story of Fort Dearborn is a creation narrative of our city. The real story isn’t about good guys and bad guys. It isn’t about a massacre.
It’s about three groups of people with three drastically different visions of the future. It’s about how each of those visions had validity. None of the three was, by nature, “righter” than the others.
The real story of Fort Dearborn is a collision of those visions.
This is important to Chicagoans today because we live in an increasingly multicultural, multiethnic city — and an increasingly multicultural, multiethnic nation.
If we recognize the competing visions that were present at our city’s inception, we will have an easier time recognizing, understanding and dealing with the competing visions of our own time.
Because murdering women and children who have already surrendered is an issue of recognizing competing visions.
This from Pat Hickey
Potawatomis of the casino ancestry? Okay, we can safely assume by your scholarly delineations that the 500 Potawatomis were all gents, males, patriarchal war-mongering, testosterone fueled danglers against “the soldiers and the ladies and the kids. The score was 68 -15; a sport might call that a massacre and not a real estate initiative, much less a collision of visions. Imagine if they had diversity, anti-bullying, racial sensitivity and CeaseFire back then!
Patrick T. thanks for sharing your historical visions, fully filtered through a Marxist lens. Old Karl had an interesting spin of the Civil War back when he was covering it for old Horace Greeley’s New York Daily Tribune*. Looking forward to your views on the Pullman Agreement to Disagree of 1894, The St. Valentine’s Day Spat, The Republic Steel Collision of Vission, and the 1968 Chicago Democratic Contention.