This volume from the "Shaping America" series focuses on some of the people who forged America in the Midwestern states. The introduction provides an overview of the exploration and settling of the Midwestern United States. Chapter one details the life and contributions of Antoine Cadillac in Michigan. He lead one of the first parties of colonists to the area and established the settlement of Detroit. Chapter two focuses on Charles Langlade's military accomplishments during the French and Indian Wars in the Wisconsin area. Chapter three describes Jean du Sable's business successes and contributions to Chicago trade. Chapter four explores George Rogers Clark's role in the defense of Kentucky against Indian attacks. Chapter five details Rufus Putnam's contributions during the Revolutionary War and the Ohio Company. Chapter six describes Julien Dubuque's career as a trader and obtaining lands from the Indians in Iowa. Chapter seven explores the lives of Josiah and Abigail Snelling, their contributions during the War of 1812. A detailed timeline, many black-and-white illustrations and painting reproductions accent this excellent book on less known settlers of the Midwest. 2004, Oliver Press, Ages 10 up.
Amie Rose Rotruck
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-This title focuses on eight people who played an important role in settling the Midwestern region of the United States: Antoine Cadillac (founder of Detroit, MI), Charles Langlade (WI), Jean du Sable (Chicago), George Rogers Clark (IN), Rufus Putnam (OH), Julien Dubuque (IA), and Josiah and Abigail Snelling (MN). The book begins with a general overview of the migration of Asians across the Bering Strait and European exploration of North America. Clearly written chapters discuss the backgrounds, motivations, and accomplishments of each pioneer. Doherty points out that these individuals were not solely driven by altruism-money, power, and adventure were also important considerations. Cadillac, for example, is called both a "hero" and a "scoundrel." Each chapter includes a description of the area before the arrival of Europeans. The author provides a sympathetic portrayal of Native Americans and their relationship with the explorers and discusses the impact of the settlers on various tribes. Also included are short biographies of other explorers, glances at historical events such as the Louisiana Purchase and Black Hawk's War, and descriptions of how each state joined the union. Black-and-white illustrations, photographs, and maps add detail and interest to the text. Written in a lively manner, this volume offers readers good information and good reading.-Lana Miles, Duchesne Academy, Houston, TX Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.