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That Dark and Bloody River
     

That Dark and Bloody River

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by Allan Eckert
 

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An epic novel by an award-winning author chronicles the settling of the Ohio River Valley, home to the defiant Shawnee Indians, who vow to defend their land against the seemingly unstoppable.

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An epic novel by an award-winning author chronicles the settling of the Ohio River Valley, home to the defiant Shawnee Indians, who vow to defend their land against the seemingly unstoppable.

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780553378658
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/28/1996
Series:
Chronicles of the Ohio River Valley Series
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
880
Sales rank:
170,386
Product dimensions:
6.08(w) x 9.18(h) x 1.82(d)

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That Dark and Bloody River 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Taking us back to a time before the Ohio River was tamed by a series of locks and modern progress, Eckertt chronicles the development of this unsettled frontier in vivid, scholarly style. A must read for anyone that calls the Ohio Valley, from Pittsburgh to Cairo, their home. Eckertt takes some liberites with the dialogue in this book, but it only serves to add to the dramatic nature of the story. Follow the heroes, the villains and all the major players of the Ohio Valley from the first days at Wheeling to the expansion into Indian territory deep into the Ohio country. An often overlooked period of history 'That Dark and Bloody River' provides history without sacraficing entertainment. I found the bookd difficult to put down from the very first page. I encourage all Ohioans who wish to know more about their states original and current settlements to invest in a copy of this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This first of the series has a great deal of Ohio history. Simon Kenton for whom the town of Kenton is named. Fort Defiance now Defiance Ohio. The manner in which the pioneers established their claims to land well discussed. As is the barbarism that existed on both sides. Echart's books are narratives well documented and footnoted
seiya More than 1 year ago
This is a very good book, highly recommended
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Really really stupid. No one is going to really devote themselves. Forty chapters? Murder!