The Pioneers: The Heroic Story Of The Settlers Who Brought The American Ideal West

May 22, 2019|
The Pioneers: The Heroic Story Of The Settlers Who Brought The American Ideal West by David Mccullough
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A #1 New York Times Bestseller 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 pioneer in American science. They and their families created a town in a primeval wilderness, while coping with such frontier realities as floods, fires, wolves and bears, no roads or bridges, no guarantees of any sort, 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.
David McCullough was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on July 7, 1933. He received a bachelor's degree in English literature from Yale University in 1955. After graduation, he moved to New York City and worked as a trainee at Sports Illustrated. He later worked as a writer and editor for the United States Information Agency, in Washing...
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Title:The Pioneers: The Heroic Story Of The Settlers Who Brought The American Ideal West
Format:Hardcover
Product dimensions:606 pages, 8.75 X 5.75 X 1.19 in
Shipping dimensions:606 pages, 8.75 X 5.75 X 1.19 in
Published:May 22, 2019
Publisher:Thorndike Press
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9781432865092

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