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Complete text of Margaret Fuller's Summer on the Lakes, in 1843

Summer on the Lakes, in 1843 by Margaret Fuller

Writer, editor, and social reformer Margaret Fuller recounts her trip to the Great Lakes region in 1843. Organized as a series of travel episodes with literary and social commentary, Fuller traveled by train, steamboat, carriage, and on foot in a circle from Niagara Falls to Mackinac Island, west to Milwaukee, south to Pawpaw, Illinois, and back to Buffalo, New York. She discusses Chicago in some detail, especially lamenting the injustices suffered by Native Americans. Fuller also comments on the difficulties of frontier life for women and on the degradation of the natural environment by industrialization and settlement. This is the edition that she prepared for publication herself; elsewhere on the Turning Points site we provide a later edition of the Wisconsin portions, edited after her death by her brother.

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Related Topics: Immigration and Settlement
Great Lakes Steamships and Canals
Creator: Fuller, Margaret
Pub Data: Boston, C. C. Little and J. Brown; New York, C. S. Francis and company, 1844.
Citation: Fuller, Margaret. Summer on the Lakes, in 1843 (Boston, C. C. Little and J. Brown; New York, C. S. Francis and company, 1844.) Online facsimile at:
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