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The pioneers [electronic resource] : the heroic story of the settlers who brought the American ideal west / David McCullough.

McCullough, David G., author.   Lloyd, John Bedford, narrator.  

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  • ISBN: 9781508279099
  • ISBN: 1508279098
  • Physical Description: 1 online resource
  • Publisher: [New York, NY] : Simon & Schuster Audio, 2019.
  • Performers: Narrator not specified.
Subject: Ohio River Valley > History > To 1795.
Pioneers > Ohio River Valley > Biography.
Genre: Audiobooks.

Syndetic Solutions - Library Journal Review for ISBN Number 9781508279099
The Pioneers : The Heroic Story of the Settlers Who Brought the American Ideal West
The Pioneers : The Heroic Story of the Settlers Who Brought the American Ideal West
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The Pioneers : The Heroic Story of the Settlers Who Brought the American Ideal West

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Pulitzer Prize winner McCullough (Wright Brothers) illuminates the lives of early settlers into the Ohio country. The Northwest Territory was acquired from Britain following the American Revolution; the seed of the future Great Lakes states of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, and Wisconsin. McCullough highlights that this region was founded as free-soil territory, a refreshingly positive spin on American history. The story centers on the settling of Marietta, OH, while also touching on developments in other parts of the region. The text presents the hardships of pioneer life, including the daily labors, the dangers of childbirth, and tensions with Native Americans. The work concludes in the mid-19th century. In many ways, one can see this as a continuation of McCullough's 1776, with the young United States now hatching into a large civilization whose ideals migrated west with the settlers. The author's gift for telling history as a story through the lives of those who lived it will engage even casual readers, who will enjoy the accessible style and gentle pace. VERDICT A must-read for American history buffs, produced by one of today's greatest scholars. [See Prepub Alert, 11/5/18.]-Jeffrey Meyer, Mt. Pleasant P.L., IA © Copyright 2019. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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McCullough's book offers an old-fashioned narrative of the settlement of the Northwest Territory in the period of the Early Republic. It focuses on prominent New Englanders involved in the founding of Marietta, Ohio, including Rufus Putnam, Manasseh Cutler, Ephraim Cutler, and Samuel Hildreth. Marietta is depicted convincingly as a locus of national historical developments such as the Northwest Ordinance and the Burr conspiracy. The book becomes increasingly hagiographic as McCullough follows the life stories of his protagonists up to the Civil War years. He frequently extols the virtues of his New England transplants, their hardihood, foresight, public-spiritedness, devotion to education, and opposition to slavery. But as history, McCullough's account suffers from his failure to consider the lives and viewpoints of the Native Americans who already resided in the region. Indians are portrayed merely as a sinister, treacherous problem that must be overcome by the harbingers of civilization. Historians such as Susan Sleeper-Smith (CH, Jul'02, 39-6650), (CH, Aug'15, 52-6591) have explored the Indigenous world of the Ohio River Valley with much greater accuracy, complexity, and nuance. Summing Up: Not recommended. --Robert L. Dorman, Oklahoma City University

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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.--Brendan Driscoll Copyright 2019 Booklist

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Popular historian McCullough (1776) uses his well-crafted writing style and thorough research to highlight the evolution of the "Ohio territory" (now Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin) from late-18th-century settlement to well-regarded American cities (Marietta, Cincinnati) by the 1860s. He follows members of a few optimistic, well-connected families whose impact on the region spanned generations, admiringly portraying their efforts to create a new England on the frontier. Settler leaders Rufus Putnam and Manasseh Cutler veered between Eastern political maneuvering for approval (including that of George Washington) for private purchase of the land they wanted and surviving the pioneer trials of wildlife, starvation, and violence between settlers and native Americans (which is treated as a minor subplot). The swiftly moving narrative also shines light on the territory's consistent antislavery position beginning with the 1787 Northwest Territory Ordinance and leading to the first black vote in 1802. While some readers may be put off by the near-omission of the native people's perspective, those seeking a pro-colonial history will find this is a fascinating and well-written look at the Cutler families and the Americanizing of Ohio. Illus. Agent: Mort Janklow, Janklow Nesbit Associates. (May) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


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