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The Pioneers: The Heroic Story of the Settlers Who Brought the American… (edition 2019)

by David McCullough (Author)

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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David McCullough rediscovers an important and dramatic chapter in the American story--the settling of the Northwest Territory by dauntless pioneers who overcame incredible hardships to build a community based on ideals that would come to define our country. 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. McCullough tells the story through five major characters: Cutler and Putnam; Cutler's son Ephraim; and two other men, one a carpenter turned architect, and the other a physician who became a prominent pioneer in American science. They and their families created a town in a primeval wilderness, while coping with such frontier realities as floods, fires, wolves and bears, no roads or bridges, no guarantees of any sort, all the while negotiating a contentious and sometimes hostile relationship with the native people. Like so many of McCullough's subjects, they let no obstacle deter or defeat them. Drawn in great part from a rare and all-but-unknown collection of diaries and letters by the key figures, The Pioneers is a uniquely American story of people whose ambition and courage led them to remarkable accomplishments. This is a revelatory and quintessentially American story, written with David McCullough's signature narrative energy.… (more)
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It was a good book, but could have been edited down by about a third or half. There seemed to be a lot of repetition of phrases, the time line jumped around and it was difficult to keep track of some of the many names and storylines. Our book club group mostly all came to the same consensus. I'm glad I read it, however. ( )
  Wren73 | Mar 4, 2022 |
I imagined that The Pioneers by David McCullough would be a history of the entire Westward Movement of the United States. I was pleasantly surprised to find that it was a very focused look at the early development of Ohio beginning with the formation of the Ohio Company by the Rev. Manasseh Cutler, General Rufus Putnam and other veterans of the American Revolution. Manasseh Cutler remained behind in the original states to organize the settlement of the new Northwest Territories in the pre-constitutional Congress under the Articles of Confederation. General Putnam led the first pioneer settlers to the Ohio River where they founded the first settlement of Marietta, Northwest Territory, later Marietta, Ohio. Cutler's son Ephraim went with the first settlers and became a leader of the new state and was largely responsible for the state public school system and the state university. Well done work that makes me want to know more about Ohio. ( )
  MMc009 | Jan 30, 2022 |
Although I did learn a few interesting facts, I found this book for the most part dry, boring, and disjointed. ( )
  slsmith101 | Jan 14, 2022 |
Read this in 2019 -- two years before this book was added to the DAR Book club reading list for 2021-22. I had found this an engrossing book about America's beginnings of its westward expansion -- it focuses on the settlement of one area of Ohio in the early days of our nation, and also covers several remarkable people behind it all. McCullough also did a great job evoking the dangers (wild animals, etc) of going into this unknown territory. ( )
  ValerieAndBooks | Sep 28, 2021 |
Actual rating: between 4.75 and 4.85 stars
Review: This was a really good book, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. There is a part of me that wishes he included a bit more of one particular topic: the Native Americans. This is only because of how the Northwest Territory was virtually untouched by Europeans until they really began to explore it after the American Revolution. I highly recommend this as a read, but just be warned about McCullough’s writing style: it’s definitely not for everyone (I enjoy it since he tends to be more straight-to-the-point). ( )
  historybookreads | Jul 26, 2021 |
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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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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David McCullough rediscovers an important and dramatic chapter in the American story--the settling of the Northwest Territory by dauntless pioneers who overcame incredible hardships to build a community based on ideals that would come to define our country. 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. McCullough tells the story through five major characters: Cutler and Putnam; Cutler's son Ephraim; and two other men, one a carpenter turned architect, and the other a physician who became a prominent pioneer in American science. They and their families created a town in a primeval wilderness, while coping with such frontier realities as floods, fires, wolves and bears, no roads or bridges, no guarantees of any sort, all the while negotiating a contentious and sometimes hostile relationship with the native people. Like so many of McCullough's subjects, they let no obstacle deter or defeat them. Drawn in great part from a rare and all-but-unknown collection of diaries and letters by the key figures, The Pioneers is a uniquely American story of people whose ambition and courage led them to remarkable accomplishments. This is a revelatory and quintessentially American story, written with David McCullough's signature narrative energy.

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