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The Pioneers: The Heroic Story of the Settlers Who Brought the American Ideal West

by David McCullough

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"Best-selling author David McCullough tells the story of the settlers who began America's migration west, overcoming almost-unimaginable hardships to build in the Ohio wilderness a town and a government that incorporated America's highest ideals"--

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As part of the Treaty of Paris, in which Great Britain recognized the new United States of America, Britain ceded the land that comprised the immense Northwest Territory, a wilderness empire northwest of the Ohio River containing the future states of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, and Wisconsin. A Massachusetts minister named Manasseh Cutler was instrumental in opening this vast territory to veterans of the Revolutionary War and their families for settlement. Included in the Northwest Ordinance were three remarkable conditions: freedom of religion, free universal education, and most importantly, the prohibition of slavery. In 1788 the first band of pioneers set out from New England for the Northwest Territory under the leadership of Revolutionary War veteran General Rufus Putnam. They settled in what is now Marietta on the banks of the Ohio River.
  BLTSbraille | Jun 18, 2024 |
A book bequeathed from my father in law I never would have purchased. The story of the settling of Marietta, Ohio and the upper Ohio (O-Y-O) river. Many things I never knew. Settled by hard working New Englanders who wanted to bring the American ideal as they saw it west. They fought slavery, Indians, and ignorance pushing public schools and becoming a gateway to the early west. ( )
  JBreedlove | Jan 25, 2024 |
When I thought of pioneers in American history, I generally think about the covered wagons, Oregon Trail, etc. This book enlightened me on the brave people who settled in Ohio when it was part of the first Northwest Territory, designated not long after the US became a country. It takes place largely in what is now Marietta, Ohio. I have a new appreciation for those very early pioneers. ( )
  hobbitprincess | Jan 23, 2024 |
Only lasted 54 pages. Turns out I'm really, REALLY not interested in this book. ( )
  AngelClaw | Jul 31, 2023 |
Closely following the end of the American Revolutionary War, a group of hardy and well-educated veterans set out to settle the Northwest Territory ceded to the US at the end of the war. In The Pioneers, David McCullough retells their story from the signing of the Northwest Ordinance in 1787 to the start of the Gold Rush, focusing on a few families and their Puritan desire for abolition, free education, and religious freedom. As usual, McCullough packs in a lot of historical details through primary sources, but still manages to tell a pretty good story. The Pioneers is an excellent resource for readers looking to understand the beginnings of Western expansion and the politics and lives of Americans during this period. ( )
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The character ought to be known of these bold pioneers....From whence did they spring? ... For what causes, under what circumstances, and for what objects were difficulties met and overcome? - Ephraim Cutler
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Never before, as he knew, had any of his countrymen set off to accomplish anything like what he had agreed to undertake--a mission that, should he succeed, could change the course of history in innumerable ways and to the long-lasting benefit of countless Americans. [Manessah Cutler]
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