Frontiersmen

Frontiersmen

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by Allan W. Eckert
     
 

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They had defeated the French and now the English possessed the vast North American Empire. Soldiers, traders, settlers—all began the trek across the wilderness to claim the land and its riches. Against this relentless tide Indian warriors rose up in bitter fury exploded in the bloody battle for the conquest of the Northwest territory.

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They had defeated the French and now the English possessed the vast North American Empire. Soldiers, traders, settlers—all began the trek across the wilderness to claim the land and its riches. Against this relentless tide Indian warriors rose up in bitter fury exploded in the bloody battle for the conquest of the Northwest territory.

'Reading Eckert is like listening to a master storyteller: he presents his material in vivid detail, using the novelist's technique to enhance dramatic events.'— Publishers Weekly

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The Ohio River, a principal route for pioneers pushing westward along its 981-mile course from Pennsylvania through Kentucky and Indiana to Illinois, was the scene of fierce battles among warring Indian tribes-Shawnee, Miami, Cherokee, Iroquois, etc.-and between Native Americans and white settlers. Tapping journals, letters, diaries and government memoranda from 1768 to 1799, and fleshing out his panoramic chronicle with reconstructed dialogue adapted from primary sources, historian-novelist Eckert has fashioned an epic narrative history of the struggle for dominance of the Ohio River Valley that makes compelling reading. The lives of notable pioneer families (Zanes, Bradys, Wetzels), incursions of traders, explorers, colonists, adventurers and the historic exploits of George Washington, Daniel Boone, George Rogers Clark and others intersect. A biographer of Shawnee chief Tecumseh (A Sorrow in Our Heart), Eckert emphasizes the sudden, overwhelming movement of whites into Native American lands and the Indians' initial restraint and tolerance, followed by furious raids, wars and expulsions. Maps. (Nov.)
Library Journal
Eckert (A Sorrow in Our Heart, LJ 2/15/92) stands on an uncommon ground between academic and popular writers. His use of the "hidden dialog" as a means of writing history had been termed "documentary fiction." Here, he takes on the long and varied history of the Ohio River valley, engendered by indigenous Americans and settlers from European powers-French, Dutch, English, and Spanish. Eckert introduces a considerable number of Indians into the Ohio environment, utilizing a variety of fascinating primary resources to tell the history of the region and its people from 1768 to 1795. The final product, readable and rich in history, nevertheless will create problems for the historian and concern for the general reader. Those looking for a thorough history of the valley will be disappointed, and book selectors need to be aware of the type of history this book represents.-Boyd Childress, Auburn Univ. Lib., Ala.
Jay Freeman
In the middle of the eighteenth century, English colonists began drifting into the trans-Allegheny valley of the Ohio River, the first spasmodic thrust of the westward movement. They inserted themselves into a volatile milieu; Frenchmen and a seemingly endless variety of Native American tribes traded, competed, and frequently warred with one another. To paraphrase Trotsky, those looking for tranquillity picked the wrong place and time to be born. Eckert's gift for connecting the lives of scores of obscure characters with a broader context provides the same masterful mix that made Evan Connell's "Son of the Morning Star" a delight for both the scholar and the general reader. Although the famous (e.g., Mad Anthony Wayne) and the near famous (e.g., Arthur St. Clair) are given their due, Eckert is at his best in chronicling the lives and fates of ordinary people who ferociously struggled with nature and with one another to hold their piece of ground. An eloquent and often heartrending portrayal of a fascinating and pivotal epoch in American history.
Ned Hostetler
I would have to say that this book is one of the best, if not THE best book that I have ever read. I am an 8th grade teacher and I use this book in my classes and try to make the name Simon Kenton, who is the main character, come to life for my students. It's a shame that he is usually only mentioned briefly in most text books. He was a greater frontiersman than Daniel Boone. For us that live in the Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Indiana areas, this book is must reading.
Anonymous Reader
This is truly a book hard to put down. A great history lesson, but Allan Eckert ties it all together as if it is a novel. Our American history is so interesting when a writer of his caliber does all the research, to bring it to print. I would recommend this book to anyone, and wish I would have found writers like Eckert when I was in high school. He is a classic story teller.
Tonto 79
This book is incredible ! I've read it four times and I'm still captivated by it . You can't put this book down even if you tried!
Matthew Schweitzer
I love this book! Eckert's classic tale of Simon Kenton and settlement of the Ohio Valley is a must read for anyone interested in the history of the United States.
Bill Osman
This is a fantastic book if you love Early American Historical Narratives which I love. I first read this book about twenty years ago, and recently read it again. The author's foot notes and reference material allow you to really dive into the time period of the book!

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780945084907
Publisher:
Stuart, Jesse Foundation, The
Publication date:
06/28/2001
Pages:
626
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.90(d)

Meet the Author

Allan W. Eckert was an historian, naturalist, novelist, poet, screenwriter, and playwright. The author of forty published books—plus one, The Infinite Dream, available the fall of 2011 by Jesse Stuart Foundation—he was nominated on seven seperate occasions for the Pulitzer Prize in literature and, in 1985, was recipient of an honorary degree as Doctor of Humane Letters from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. In 1998 he received his second honorary doctorate, also in Humane Letters, this time from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. In addition to his, he wrote and had published over 150 articles, essays, and short stories, as well as considerable poetry, a major outdoor drama, and screenplays for several movies.

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Frontiersmen (Library Edition) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I picked up this book because I have to teach a course in American history from the Revolution to 1865 in two months and needed to fill in some gaps in my knowledge. I've fallen in love with this book. It presents both side of a complex clash between lifestyles and civilizations 'Native American and European/American' in an unbiased manner - except for the occasional use of the word savage. The Frontiersmen is based on an incredible amount of research and brings and important chapter in our nation's history to life as if your were there living it. Kudos to the author!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It took a few pages for me to understand "how" Mr. Eckert wished to write his story. However, I must say that I very much enjoyed his book. His "vivid pictures" as to the suffering of all was excelent, would buy his writings again,
Guest More than 1 year ago
What can i say about the best of the best. It truly changed my life, and set the bar for the hundreds of other books that i've read.i have recommended this book more than any other.i've read a sorrow in our heart and was equally impressed with it.my hats off to mr. eckert
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the book that began the genre - the docunovel. Using historical documents and major primary sources, Eckert tells the story of the opening of the 'Old Northwest' in a way no history book ever did before. Anyone living in Kentucky, Ohio, and the states created by the Northwest Ordinance need to read this tantilizing tale. Weaving the lives of Simon Kenton, Tecumseh, Wm. Henry Harrison, and Marmaduke Von Swearingen through the tumultous events of the first expansion of a young America - the beginning of Manifest Destiny - Eckert has created a classic of American History.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a fascinating look at the relationship between Americans and Native Americans in what would become Ohio and Kentucky. Based on actual writings from the time, this is a non biased look at how these early settlers treated one another.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a story of a Simon Kenton, a Frontiersman you will not forget. He makes Davey Crockett and Daniel Boone look like boy scouts. It also is a story of early America and the discovery of new territory. The American Indians also play a big part in the story. The author did alot of reseach and everything is documented with a bibliography. The book will keep you on the edge of your seat with much excitment and adventure. This is a must read and one of my favorite books.A+++++
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful book. It's amazing the amount of detail the author presents about individual indians and settlers. It's fascinating to follow the life of Simon Kenton and yet learn so much about the other characters presented. The stories are all interesting and the dishonesty and brutality with which the Indians were treated is a constant theme. Simon Kenton and Daniel Boone were an exception to this. The book thoroughly presents the history of the early western territories of the U.S.in a graphic and memorable way. Good book for teens and adults, though some of the descriptions are pretty bloody.
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Historically accurate.
windwalker18 More than 1 year ago
While the Revolutionary and Frontier period of history is one of the most exciting and interesting periods in US History, The Frontiersman does not measure up to expectations. A long drawn out narrative that takes forever to move along. The Characters are well thought out initially, but connection to any except Simon dwindles as the story progresses. Only a die-heart reader will finish the book. A few weeks ago I read Citizen Washington and couldn't get enough, wish this book had been as engaging.
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EvilUrgency More than 1 year ago
I first read this book at age 13 and now as an adult of 34 years I wanted to read it again. I was not disappointed it is still an excellent book how ever I was surprised at some of the gore. I did not remember those scenes from my reading it as a teenager and I can say now that I would not recommend this book for youths. Other than that an excellent fictional telling of real events unfortunately including horrific acts on the parts of the whites and Indians.
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Amazing true story of Simon Kenton and the settlement of the Ohio River Valley
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Why can't I find the other five books?
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mark82 More than 1 year ago
This was a great book for anyone who wants to know more about the frontier. Eckert does an amazing job of bringing the frontiermen to life as well as the Native Americans. The book is full of colorful and graghic stories.