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Memoirs and Diaries from the Indiana Frontier

We have a number of memoirs and diaries/journals from people who traveled in or settled in early Indiana, many of which can be found at the linked pages below. Indiana Biographies & Memoirs Coffin, Levi, Reminiscences of Levi Coffin, the Reputed President of the Underground Railroad (1880) Eggleston, George C., Life in Early Indiana …

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Pioneers in Illinois Tell Their Stories

We have a number of books authored by people who were settlers or visitors in Illinois in the early 1800s, and who wrote about their experiences there. The list below doesn’t include all such books on History of the Great Lakes States, but it’s a good start. Illinois Biographies and Memoirs page Burlend, Rebecca, …

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Foreign Visitors Interpret America 1800-1867

The books below were authored by foreign visitors to the U.S. They described what they saw, recorded their reactions, and collected information for friends or reading audiences back home. All the works cover, at least in part, travels in the region of the Great Lakes States. Books are grouped below in the decades in …

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