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The pioneers : the heroic story of the settlers who brought the American ideal west / by David McCullough.

McCullough, David G., author. (Author).
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  • 0 of 4 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 0 of 2 copies available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

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11 current holds with 4 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Detroit Lakes Public Library 977 MCC (Text) 33500013063060 New Checked out 07/01/2019
Hawley Public Library 977 MCC (Text) 33500013063078 New Checked out 07/02/2019
Red Lake Falls Public Library 977 MCC (Text) 35500006172520 New Checked out 06/25/2019
Thief River Falls Public Library 977 MCC (Text) 35500006181976 New Checked out 07/05/2019

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781501168680
  • ISBN: 1501168681
  • Physical Description: 331 pages, 32 unnumbered leaves divided into two sections of 21 and 25 plates : illustrations (chiefly color), maps ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2019.

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 301-314) and index.
Formatted Contents Note: Part I: 1787-1794. The Ohio country ; Forth to the wilderness ; Difficult times ; Havoc -- Part II: 1795-1814. A new era commences ; The Burr conspiracy ; Adversities aplenty -- Part III: 1815-1863. The cause of learning ; The travelers ; Journey's end.
Summary, etc.: "Best-selling author David McCullough tells the story of the settlers who began America's migration west, overcoming almost-unimaginable hardships to build in the Ohio wilderness a town and a government that incorporated America's highest ideals. As part of the Treaty of Paris, in which Great Britain recognized the new United States of America, Britain ceded the land that comprised the immense Northwest Territory, a wilderness empire northwest of the Ohio River containing the future states of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, and Wisconsin. A Massachusetts minister named Manasseh Cutler was instrumental in opening this vast territory to veterans of the Revolutionary War and their families for settlement. Included in the Northwest Ordinance were three remarkable conditions: freedom of religion, free universal education, and most importantly, the prohibition of slavery. In 1788 the first band of pioneers set out from New England for the Northwest Territory under the leadership of Revolutionary War veteran General Rufus Putnam. They settled in what is now Marietta on the banks of the Ohio River. McCullough tells the story through five major characters: Cutler and Putnam; Cutler's son Ephraim; and two other men, one a carpenter turned architect, and the other a physician who became a prominent figure in American science. They and their families created a town in a primeval wilderness, while coping with such frontier realities as trees of a size never imagined, floods, fires, wolves, bears, even an earthquake, all the while negotiating a contentious and sometimes hostile relationship with the native people. Like so many of McCullough's subjects, they let no obstacle deter or defeat them. Drawn in great part from a rare and all-but-unknown collection of diaries and letters by the key figures, The Pioneers is a uniquely American story of people whose ambition and courage led them to remarkable accomplishments. This is a revelatory and quintessentially American story, written with David McCullough's signature narrative energy. "--Dust jacket.
In the Treaty of Paris, Great Britain recognized the new United States of America. They also ceded the land that comprised the immense Northwest Territory, a wilderness empire northwest of the Ohio River containing the future states of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, and Wisconsin. Included in the Northwest Ordinance were three remarkable conditions: freedom of religion, free universal education, and the prohibition of slavery. In 1788 the first band of pioneers settled in what is now Marietta on the banks of the Ohio River. McCullough uses five historical personages to tell the uniquely American story of people whose ambition and courage led them to remarkable accomplishments. -- adapted from jacket
Language Note: Text in English.
Reviews

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 April #2
    Drawing on little-known archives, acclaimed popular historian McCullough offers a unique chronicle of the settlement of the Ohio River Valley that emphasizes the courage and tenacity of early pioneers and the precedents they set for further westward expansion. The Northwest Territory was the "howling wilderness" that extended northwest from Virginia as far as Minnesota, and it was forbidding country, though the land was fertile, luring settlers down the Ohio River. Among them were Manasseh Cutler, a high-energy polymath preacher and botanist whose lobbying secured key congressional support for the pioneers; his son Ephraim, Federalist legislator and educational advocate involved in the founding of the region's first university and an early library system; and Rufus Putnam, the general who led a group of Revolutionary War veterans to found the New England-inspired town of Marietta on the banks of the Muskingum. Their stories form the backbone of McCullough's narrative, though he is equally fascinated by less prominent settlers, who demonstrated remarkable grit under extremely adverse circumstances. This is a compact work, but it often feels epic. And Pittsburgh-born McCullough's personal affection for the region abounds.HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Best-selling McCullough's latest vivid take on American history will generate avid interest. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Subject: Ohio River Valley > History > To 1795.
Pioneers > Ohio River Valley > Biography.
Pioneers.
Ohio River Valley.
HISTORY / United States / 19th Century.
HISTORY / United States / State & Local / Midwest (IA, IL, IN, KS, MI, MN, MO, ND, NE, OH, SD, WI).
HISTORY / United States / Revolutionary Period (1775-1800).
Genre: Biographies.
Biography.
History.

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