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Frontier Indiana
     

Frontier Indiana

by Andrew R L Cayton
 
Cayton's lively new history of the frontier period in Indiana puts the focus on people, on how they lived, how they viewed their world, and what motivated them. He focuses his account on representative individuals such as Jean-Baptiste Bissot, George Croghan (the ultimate frontier entrepreneur), Little Turtle, Anna Tuthill Symmes Harrison and William Henry Harrison,

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Cayton's lively new history of the frontier period in Indiana puts the focus on people, on how they lived, how they viewed their world, and what motivated them. He focuses his account on representative individuals such as Jean-Baptiste Bissot, George Croghan (the ultimate frontier entrepreneur), Little Turtle, Anna Tuthill Symmes Harrison and William Henry Harrison, and Tenskwatawa the Shawnee Prophet. Retelling the story of Indiana's settlement in a human and compelling narrative, Cayton makes the experience of exploration and settlement real and exciting for all readers.

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Booknews
A lively history that focuses on people, their family relationships, how they lived, how they viewed the world, and what motivated them. Focuses on the accounts of individuals like Jean-Baptiste Bissot, Sieur de Vincennes; George Croghan, the ultimate frontier entrepreneur; George Rogers Clark; Josiah Hamar and John Francis Hamtramck; Little Turtle; Anna Tuthill Symmes Harrison and William Henry Harrison; Tenskwatawa; Jonathan Jennings; and Calvin Fletcher. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
Choice
Cayton's graceful, arresting narrative is grounded in primary and secondary sources, including classics by Emma Lou Thornbrough and Bernard Knollenberg, James Madison's The Indiana Way (CH, Jan'87), and new studies from such scholars as Richard White and Gregory Evans Dowd. Spanning 1700—1850 in ten chapters and an epilogue, Cayton's first-rate study interprets the successive worlds of the Miami (1700—1754), then of individuals whose experiences epitomized unfolding chapters of Indiana frontier history. With a keen ear for the revealing anecdote and apt quotation, the author treats the world of George Croghan (1750—1777); the village of Vincennes (1765—1777); the milieus of George Rogers Clark (1778—1787), Josiah Harmar, and John Francis Hamtramck (1787—1790); Little Turtle (1790—1795); Anna Tuthill Symmes Harrison (wife of William Henry Harrison, 1795—1810); Tenskwatawa (1795—1811); Jonathan Jennings (1800—1816); and the end of the frontier (1816—1850). Along the way readers discover figures such as John and William Conner, the early rivalry between Centerville and Richmond, an explanation of why Indiana remained a state of small towns and farms until the latter half of the 20th century, and the basis for understanding one of the more interesting states of the Union. Fine illustrations, maps. All levels.D. W. Steeples, Mercer University, Choice, February 1997

— D. W. Steeples, Mercer University

Choice - D. W. Steeples

"... excellent... valuable contributions to both the general and the informed reader." —American Historical Review

Indiana University Press

"Andrew Cayton has contributed another valuable addition to the historical literature on the Old Northwest.... a finely textured social history." —Michigan Historical Review

Indiana University Press

"Extremely readable and exciting treatments of the region during the 18th and 19th centuries." —The Annals of Iowa

Indiana University Press

Cayton's graceful, arresting narrative is grounded in primary and secondary sources, including classics by Emma Lou Thornbrough and Bernard Knollenberg, James Madison's The Indiana Way (CH, Jan'87), and new studies from such scholars as Richard White and Gregory Evans Dowd. Spanning 1700—1850 in ten chapters and an epilogue, Cayton's first-rate study interprets the successive worlds of the Miami (1700—1754), then of individuals whose experiences epitomized unfolding chapters of Indiana frontier history. With a keen ear for the revealing anecdote and apt quotation, the author treats the world of George Croghan (1750—1777); the village of Vincennes (1765—1777); the milieus of George Rogers Clark (1778—1787), Josiah Harmar, and John Francis Hamtramck (1787—1790); Little Turtle (1790—1795); Anna Tuthill Symmes Harrison (wife of William Henry Harrison, 1795—1810); Tenskwatawa (1795—1811); Jonathan Jennings (1800—1816); and the end of the frontier (1816—1850). Along the way readers discover figures such as John and William Conner, the early rivalry between Centerville and Richmond, an explanation of why Indiana remained a state of small towns and farms until the latter half of the 20th century, and the basis for understanding one of the more interesting states of the Union. Fine illustrations, maps. All levels.D. W. Steeples, Mercer University, Choice, February 1997

From the Publisher
"Extremely readable and exciting treatments of the region during the 18th and 19th centuries." —The Annals of Iowa

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780253330482
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Publication date:
10/01/1996
Series:
History of the Trans-Appalachian Frontie
Pages:
360
Product dimensions:
6.27(w) x 9.31(h) x 1.04(d)

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