The Frontiersmen: A Narrative

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The frontiersmen were a remarkable breed of men. They were often rough and illiterate, sometimes brutal and vicious, often seeking an escape in the wilderness of mid-America from crimes committed back east. In the beautiful but deadly country which would one day come to be known as West Virginia, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois, more often than not they left their bones to bleach beside forest paths or on the banks of the Ohio River, victims of Indians who claimed the vast virgin territory and ...

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Overview

The frontiersmen were a remarkable breed of men. They were often rough and illiterate, sometimes brutal and vicious, often seeking an escape in the wilderness of mid-America from crimes committed back east. In the beautiful but deadly country which would one day come to be known as West Virginia, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois, more often than not they left their bones to bleach beside forest paths or on the banks of the Ohio River, victims of Indians who claimed the vast virgin territory and strove to turn back the growing tide of whites. These frontiersmen are the subjects of Allan W. Eckert's dramatic history.

Against the background of such names as George Rogers Clark, Daniel Boone, Arthur St. Clair, Anthony Wayne, Simon Girty, and William Henry Harrison, Eckert has re-created the life of one of America's most outstanding heroes, Simon Kenton. Kenton's role in opening the Northwest Territory to settlement more than rivaled that of his friend Daniel Boone. By his eighteenth birthday, Kenton had already won frontier renown as woodsman, fighter, and scout. His incredible physical strength and endurance, his great dignity and innate kindness made him the ideal prototype of the frontier hero.

Yet there is another story to The Frontiersmen. It is equally the story of one of history's greatest leaders. Tecumseh, the brilliant Shawnee chief, welded together by the sheer force of his intellect and charisma an incredible Indian confederacy that came desperately close to breaking the thrust of the white man's westward expansion. Like Kenton, Tecumseh was the paragon of his people's virtues, and the story of his life, in Eckert's hands, reveals most profoundly the grandeur of the American Indian.

No less important, The Frontiersmen is the story of wilderness America itself, its penetration and settlement, and it is Eckert's particular grace to be able to evoke life and meaning from the raw facts of this story. In The Frontiersmen, not only do we care about our long-forgotten fathers—we live again with them.

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"Historian-novelist Eckert has fashioned an epic narrative history of the struggle for dominance of the Ohio River Valley that makes compelling [listening]." —-Publishers Weekly
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  • ISBN-13: 9781452631165
  • Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/28/2011
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Library - Unabridged CD
  • Sales rank: 1,499,324
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 2.60 (d)

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  • Posted December 7, 2009

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    Just who was Simon Kenton?

    This is just a wonderfully written account of the Real Frontiers of this Land of America! The hard working, down to earth work of this lands forefathers was an unbelievable adventure for those strong enough to just survive. Simone Kenton a wonderful specimen of a human and adventurer and builder of our Nation! Not educated, except by his own experiences. Not learned in the schools of the time! This man, thinking himself to be a hunted murderer, opened up my heart and inner eyes to the trials of those early adventures. His skills were honed by his experiences in the wilds of our Nations Frontiers. He rubbed shoulders with the most famous of the early frontiersmen! He excelled them all in his Honor, Skills and down to earth stick-to-it-ness! Where has this man been my whole life I do not know, but he has opened my eyes to the early years of this great Country of America, more than I knew a book could anymore! Thanks to the very excellent authorship of A.W.Eckert and his great, in depth research of the early Frontiersmen. I now feel the actual growth of this Country in the early year as it was being formed. How badly were the Native Americans were treated by the English and the New Americans at that time makes one bow his head in shame. Yet the total story is in the glory of the days when each breath meant life or death, success or defeat! Native Americans can feel the pressure of that time! As I can now understand just a tiny bit of the world at that time, through Eckerts narrative you can join in the adventures of this unbelievable man, SIMON KENTON! A true Frontiersman, worthy of all my praise! Thanks Mr. Eckert! :)

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 13, 2009

    wish it never ended

    I could hardly put this book down! Have read many historical books and this beats all. I worked on the railroad for years and have traveled through many of these areas. Crawford, Ohio was one of them and wanted to know more of his story. I will have my kids read this for sure.<BR/> Allan Eckert did a wonderful job putting this Narritve together. Need more people like Lyman C. Draper, History thanks you!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2008

    I miss it when I'm not reading it

    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!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2008

    Good

    I had to read this book over te summer for an honors Social Studies class, and I was surprised how good it was. It was fascinating, especially because i live in the area where most of these historical events take place. The only reason i took off a star is because some if it is very repetitive, and other parts are very graphically violent. The depth in which Eckert described indian torture was pretty gross, fascinating and interesting, but gross.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 18, 2012

    Does not do the material justice

    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.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2012

    Good after a slow start

    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,

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2007

    Page turner

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2003

    Extraordinary

    Most history of the Ohio frontier in the aftermath of the American Revolution is pumped out of the universities of our nation by uninspired professors whose middle name is prolix. But, finally, here is an author with the fire in his belly to write history as it was meant to be written. The brutality of the times, the cruelty, is laid bare to the reader; no tenderness or delicacy is allowed. What happened between the Indians and the white pioneers was as bloody a period as our history has to offer. You can't read this book without frequently shuttering. And it explains why the Indians, through torture of unbounded cruelty, assured their demise as a power in the land. A giant of a book! A classic!. And you can be sure, because of its brilliance, it will have modest readership. So the good author will have to find his reward in the knowledge that he has written the finest narrative of the Ohio frontier ever published.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2002

    One of the best books I have ever read

    Give this book to your history-hating teenager and make him start to read it. Most likely once he starts, he won't want to quit. This is historical writing at its finest. While there are a few facts I would argue with, I can not possibly recommend any other book on history that can capture the imagination of the reader and make one just want to read on and on. If there was ever a book that makes history ¿come alive,¿ this is it. There are four other books in this series, but this is, in my opinion, the best of them. I first read this book years ago. It opened my eyes to how exciting history can be. It also opened my eyes to how much history we are NOT taught in school. Twenty years later, this is still one of my favorite books of all time. I have read hundreds and hundreds of books. I have read very few of them twice. This is one of them--and I will probably read it again someday. There are those who criticize Allan Eckert for his ¿historical narrative¿ method of writing, but I am convinced that this is because they are jealous of his success. Allan Eckert has done those who enjoy history a tremendous favor with his books by showing us just how exciting and interesting history is.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2002

    frontiersmen

    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

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2002

    One of the best books I have ever read

    This is historical writing at its finest. While there are a few facts I would argue with, I can not possibly recommend any other book on history that can capture the imagination of the reader and make one just want to read on and on. If there was ever a book that makes history "come alive," this is it. Give this book to your history-hating teenager and make him start to read it. Most likely once he starts, he won't want to quit. There are four other books in this series, but this is, in my opinion, the best of them. I first read this book years ago. It opened my eyes to how exciting history can be. It also opened my eyes to how much history we are NOT taught in school. Twenty years later, this is still one of my favorite books of all time. I have read hundreds and hundreds of books. I have read very few of them twice. This is one of them--and I will probably read it again someday. There are those who criticize Allan Eckert for his "historical narrative" method of writing, but I am convinced that this is because they are jealous of his success. Allan Eckert has done those who enjoy history a tremendous favor with his books by showing us just how exciting and interesting history is.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2002

    The First of the Breed

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2014

    Fascinating

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2014

    The Frontiersman

    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

    Posted July 13, 2013

    This is a wonderful book. It's amazing the amount of detail the

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2013

    Plenty of info.

    Historically accurate.

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  • Posted September 24, 2012

    Best book I have ever read! I did not know I loved history unti

    Best book I have ever read! I did not know I loved history until I read this book, he is a master at bringing true history to life. Reccommend this book to anyone who loves history and lives in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, or Kentucky. You'll never drive by all the little towns and not think of a historical event that happened there.

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  • Posted May 8, 2012

    I first read this book at age 13 and now as an adult of 34 years

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2012

    Must read for all Ohioians

    Amazing true story of Simon Kenton and the settlement of the Ohio River Valley

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2011

    One of my six favorate books

    Why can't I find the other five books?

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