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New Home, A,—Who'll Follow?


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Sketches by Caroline Kirkland, published in 1839 under the pseudonym “Mrs. Mary Clavers, An Actual Settler.” These realistic sketches of frontier Michigan during the 1830s describe the log houses, conditions in the towns, the land booms, and the backwoods social standards. Among the characters delineated are a silly romantic girl who marries a clerk, a young blood who embezzles the funds of a wildcat bank, squatters, English upper-class settlers, old-maid gossips, and rampant democrats. The book was reissued as Our New Home in the West (1874).

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