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    In Search of Morgan's Station and "The Last Indian Raid in Kentucky"
    by Harry G. Enoch
    Paperback (January, 1997)
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    Isbn: 0788406043
    Sales Rank: 1630373
    Subjects:  1. History - General History    2. United States - State & Local - General   

    The Hunters of Kentucky: A Narrative History of America's First Far West, 1750-1792
    by Ted Franklin Belue
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Hardcover (01 April, 2003)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars From Smoke and Fire News Sept 3, 2003 by Bob Holden
    Ted Franklin Belue knows well the colorful history of the Trans-Appalachian region, a fact that is fully evident in his recently published The Hunters of Kentucky, (Stackpole Books, 315 pages, $29.95).This excellent book will be of interest to a wide spectrum of readers.Those not familiar with the Kentucky backcountry will learn a lot.Those already knowledgeable about the facts will come away with a heightened appreciation for the unique character of the Kentucky frontier.Belue's approach differs from the usual form of narrative employed by most historians.Rather than include all the players and events in the drama, the author has selected certain personalities and subjects to emphasize, weaving an intriguing tapestry of the Kentucky frontier-in effect a backwoods mood piece. By employing this technique, Belue exhibits a much more distinctive style of writing than was evident in his equally valuable earlier book, The Long Hunt.
    Following a prologue, The Hunters of Kentucky is divided into ten chapters.Each chapter is followed by a shorter exposition, termed an interlude.Among the major figures featured are Dr. Thomas Walker, Christopher Gist, Thomas Bullitt, Daniel Boone, Nicholas Cresswell, Daniel Trabue, James Estill, Pompey, George Michael Bedinger, and Spencer Records.Subjects covered include exploration, surveying, warfare, buffalo, clothing, long hunters, and weapons.A helpful chronology appears in an appendix.The maps and illustrations are first-rate .
    One of the most interesting sections of The Hunters of Kentucky describes how the long rifle came to be identified specifically with Kentucky.When readers finish this segment, they will feel as if they were actually in the New Orleans audience as Noah Ludlow first sang the newly written ballad, "The Hunters of Kentucky" one night in May 1822.Only seven years earlier, Kentuckians had joined Andrew Jackson's other backwoodsmen to devastatingly defeat the British forces attempting to invade New Orleans.Many of the half-drunken frontier rivermen in the audience that May evening had been with Jackson at that incredible triumph, which became instant hallowed history.Dressed in a hastily acquired backwoodsman's outfit, with a long rifle by his side, Ludlow launched into the first verse ending with "O Kentucky, the Hunters of Kentucky; O Kentucky, the hunters of Kentucky!"The crowd showed great excitement.As he finished the second verse that referred to Kentuckians as a "hardy freeborn race" and "alligator horses," the audience was losing control.Ludlow sang the third verse, "But Jackson he was wide-awake, And wasn't scared at trifles, For well he knew what aim we'd take With our Kentucky rifles; So he marched us down to Cypress Swamp, The ground was low and mucky, There stood John Bull in martial pomp, But here was old Kentucky." Ludlow immediately dropped to one knee, leveled his rifle, and took imaginary aim.Then it happened.Pandemonium reigned.The ballad, "The Hunters of Kentucky," had captured the essence of the Kentucky backwoods ethos.Two centuries later Belue has done it again with his book, The Hunters of Kentucky.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Go slow, enjoy it like vintage vine, Belue is in control
    First, this is a singularly different American frontier book than any ofher KY book out there, bar none. Belue takes an inconoclastic approach, much no doubt to the dismay of pendant critics/academics who revel in the predictable, the mundain, the banal, prosaic, lockstep line up with the 18th century living-histry clones bedecked in walnut dyed. Belue writes like a vigorous Abbey, Twain (see Interlude V), and Mattheissen, all though distilled and rendered through Belue's rather novel sense pf vision. Like any artist, he writes for the grave, knowing its own inherent good, not giving a damn though if anyone agrees. Often every paragraph takes the form of a sonnet, with impressive voice switches between Belue's chapters and interludes. Belue is a concise, eonomic writer and purely American--pure bones, sinew, muscle, sans fat and gristle, but roughed up prose where needs be --and so his writing (rather retro, and I mean that in a good +way)--hearkens more to the old masters (Steinbeck, EH), rather than the deconstructionist ideologes currently in vogue that can criticize EH with impunity, but can't write three words sequentially like him. But Belue can and does so routinely.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Rich History Of Kentucky!
    Get ready to head down the trail towards to cane breaks!
    Ted Belue's 4th offering "The Hunters Of Kentucky" will
    set you directly in the middle of the wilds of that unexplored
    hunters paradise called KANTA-KE! Belue's "Hunters" is a fantastic
    read, chronicling the early exploration of Kentucky, including
    the original native inhabitants, gentlemen explorers, itinerant hunters,
    and the early settlers who dared to make this wooded eden their home.

    Belue neatly and expertly seperates mythic fact and romance from meaty fact,
    delivering up the rich and detailed history of the Kanta-Ke territory. From the
    migration of the "Shawanoe" peoplesto the impact of the beaver wars between
    the French & English as they grapple control of a continent away from
    the Spanish and Dutch. Included are narratives and biographic sketches
    of some of the early explorers, traders and hunters. Follow Dr, Thomas Walkers
    four month, 1750 exploration of the Kentucky country, as well as Christopher
    Gist's and Nicholas Cresswell's tour of the of the Kentucky lands.
    Belue details the incurssion of the of the buckskin clad "shirtmen" who
    came following the red deer, foreshadowing the first tendrils of an
    unstoppable tide of settlers, and the resultant decades of war and strife between the anglo invaders and the native peoples, including the brutal
    aftermath of frontier warfare and an end to a way of life for the native peoples.
    Belue weaves a rich colorful tapestry of mostly forgotten frontier personalities
    including Andrew Montour, Monk Estill and pompey the black Shawnee, as
    well as the more well known personalities of Boone, Kenton, Girty and others.
    "Hunters Of Kentucky" is lavishly illustrated with photos and art, and is set
    off by an extensive appendix and chronology of events.
    In the end, "Hunters of Kentucky" will definately leave you wanting more.
    A must have book!< ... Read more

    Isbn: 0811708837
    Sales Rank: 175977
    Subjects:  1. Biography    2. Frontier and pioneer life    3. History    4. History - General History    5. History: American    6. Kentucky    7. Pioneers    8. To 1792    9. United States - 18th Century    10. United States - State & Local - General   


    Betrayals: Fort William Henry and the "Massacre"
    by Ian Kenneth Steele, Ian K. Steele
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (01 March, 1993)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars What is a Massacre ?
    The title of this perceptive book tells the gist of Professor Steele's investigation into the seige and subsequent murder or kidnapping of prisoners after the British garrison surrendered to Montcalm in 1757. In essence, the English prisoners were betrayed by the French by letting their Indian allies seek scalps, prisoners and plunder after being given parole to march to a British force on the Hudson. On a larger scale, the French betrayed the Indians by not allowing them to take what Indians assumed were rightfully theirs as a part of 18th century warfare: prisoners to replace tribal members killed in combat, plunder of European materials, and scalps. Steele asserts that the losses suffered by the British garrison were smaller than previously claimed (including a number of men who were forced to travel home with Indians from the Great Lakes)and that the incident was not the bloodbath of popular legend. The men taken to the Lakes kept turning up for years afterward. Many of the scalps taken were from the corpses in the fort's cemetery-the Indians who took these scalps therefore brought smallpox back home with them and might have inadvertently destroyed whole tribes. Steele tries to count the men killed during the "massacre" and I think he is successful in his enumeration. He does not overlook the wounded who were murdered in their beds, the man boiled and eaten by his captors, and the soldiers knocked out of line and killed because they resisted being plundered. I agree that Montcalm was not complicit in directing the massacre, but set up the conditions that caused it to happen.

    The Massacre lives on in popular imagination, but so does the Boston Massacre, certainly one of the most non-massacres in American history.

    On a personal note, my 7th generation great-grandfather Bernardus Bratt commanded the New York troops at Fort William Henry in the summer of 1756 and came out as a company commander in Sir William Johnson's regiment after the 1757 massacre.

    Well-written and well-documented modern accounts of the French and Indian War are few and far between. Steele's book should remain the final word for some time to come.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Not enough focus on the actual event
    Although this was a good book in itself, it covered too much of the French and Indian War to just have a title of Fort William Henry and the "Massacre". The book was interesting up to the point of the siege and massacre then it became very vague. It lacked details to the point of disappointment. It did not say what specific Indian tribes did most of the massacre, nor did it have a thorough account of actually what was happening! It told about some injured being killed in the fort , then it jumped to militia killed on the road to Ft Edward, then to the English officers dining with the French officers and chasing away Indians from their personal effects. In addition the author downplayed the massacre! Every time the word was used it was in quotation marks,making it seem the massacre was overplayed. But if 10 people are massacred instead of 200 does that make a difference? The book did inform the reader about the Canadien slave trade which was going on between them and some tribes, which other books clearly never bring up. Many English suffered because of it. It also made it clear that because of the French's terms at Ft. William Henry, many Indians then refused to help the French in the future. Sealing their fate in the French and Indian War.

    5-0 out of 5 stars History Done Right
    Steele presents the reader with a masterful treatment of the events surrounding the "massacre" so familiar to viewers of the latest cinematic incarnation of Cooper's "The Last of the Mohicans."Asa teacher, I can tell you it's a bit of a surprise for students to find outthat Colonel Munro survived Magua's knife.Steele puts the events inhistorical and cultural context.A fine piece of work, one which should beof interest to a broader audience than the book will probably get. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0195084268
    Sales Rank: 64733
    Subjects:  1. 18th century    2. Capture, 1757    3. Ethnic Studies - Native American Studies    4. Fort William Henry    5. Fort William Henry (N.Y.)    6. History    7. History - General History    8. History: American    9. Massacres    10. Native American    11. New York (State)    12. New York - Local History    13. U.S. History - Colonial Period (1607-1775)    14. United States - Colonial Period   


    Wilderness Trail (2 Volumes)
    by Charles Augustus Hanna
    Library Binding (January, 1911)
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    Isbn: 0781254639
    Sales Rank: 2469814
    Subjects:  1. History   


    Daniel Boone : The Life and Legend of an American Pioneer (An Owl Book)
    by John Mack Faragher
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (15 November, 1993)
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    The legend of the American frontier is largely the legend of a single individual, Daniel Boone, who looms over our folklore like a giant. Boone figures in other traditions as well: Goethe held him up as the model of Jean-Jacques Rousseau's "natural man," and Lord Byron devoted several stanzas of his epic poem Don Juan to the frontiersman, calling Boone "happiest of mortals any where." But folklore is not history, and we are fortunate to have a reliable and factual life of Boone through the considerable efforts of John Mack Faragher. The contradictory admirer of Indians who participated in their destruction, the slaveholder who cherished liberty, the devoted family man who prized solitude and would disappear into the woods for years at a time--the real Boone is far more interesting than the mythical image, and in this book we finally catch sight of him. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars The real Boone
    Here is your chance to read a very fair assessment on the life of Daniel Boone. Dr. Faragher does a wonderful job in debunking the myths while still preserving the relevance of Boone's life.

    Boone's life was remarkable in its contrast to today's society. It was not unusual for Boone to go on a long hunt and not see his family for 3 months. Living on the frontier created chalenges taht would be unimaginable to todays "Civilization". Boone, for example,had his share struggles with local Indian Tribes, but Faragher refutes the myth that Boone was an Indian hater/killer. He was simply a man who tried to live a life on the frontier.

    In general, I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in Boone or the pioneers of the frontier. Be warned, however, this is an academic approach to Boone's life. Some readers may be turned off by Faragher balanced look at Boone's life that seperates fact from myth. If you are looking for tall tales about the Boone legend you may want to keep on searching.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Faragher Revives Boone the Man Not the Legend
    Restoring Boone to his times, Faragher dutifully dethrones the legend and shows us a man full of contradictions, a man that is ambivalent, and a man who epitomizes the American pioneer.

    Faragher shows us a complex man who has been born into a struggling society. Eighteenth Century America was laden with hypocrisies: divorce was grounds for excommunication from church and community, while adultery was viewed as fashionable; the United States struggled to identify itself as a democratic nation, while the federalists aimed to centralize a strong government; and, I would be remiss to mention the human beings in the nation proclaiming freedom who were enslaved. Boone, too, was tumultuous in trying to find himself.

    The friend of the native Americans displaced tribes by leading settlers onto sacred hunting grounds. The patriarch of a family of 12 spent months on end practicing "long hunts." The loving husband even forgave his wife when he discovered that he had been cuckolded, and she carried another man's child. The independent recluse couldn't even stay out of the tightly controlled military, and rose to the rank of colonel.

    Faragher does an outstanding job separating myths from facts, all the while displaying Daniel Boone in a way we may more fully enjoy, which is up close, personal, and, most importantly, fallible. Like an archeologist, Faragher brushes away the debris from the relic. And, like an artist, he paints a picture we can not only appreciate, but a picture with which we can identify and to which we can relate.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Real Man
    Great book about a great man. Anyone who grew up watching the tv show needs to read this book. Daniel Boone would make a great movie for the big screen. Listen up Hollywood. This book show Boone as a real person. I would high recommend it. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0805030077
    Subjects:  1. Biography    2. Biography / Autobiography    3. Biography/Autobiography    4. Frontier and pioneer life    5. Historical - U.S.    6. Kentucky    7. Pioneers    8. United States - State & Local - General    9. History / General   


    Indian Blood, Vol. 2
    by Richard L. Pangburn, Pangburn
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Hardcover (01 September, 1994)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars A Historical Gem
    Mr Pangburn has put together a vast collection of transcripts of original court and government records from the 18th century onward for the researcher of Native American history and Native American genealogical research. If you want to get serious about finding your Native American roots, you must have this book. ... Read more

    Isbn: 1884532055
    Sales Rank: 1411807
    Subjects:  1. Biography/Autobiography    2. Genealogy    3. Indians of North America    4. Native American History     5. Genealogy    

    The Middle Ground : Indians, Empires, and Republics in the Great Lakes Region, 1650-1815 (Studies in North American Indian History)
    by Richard White, Frederick Hoxie, Neal Salisbury
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (27 September, 1991)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Breaking new ground
    Richard White should be awfully proud of himself. Using a close examination of a particular time in a particular place, he manages to open one's eyes to an entirely new way of thinking about the long term dynamics of human interaction that we call "history". Works like these are the fruit of all the painstaking hard work that American historians have been contributing over the last one or two generations. The studies of gender, environment, disease and race might seem like annoying "political correctness" to the close-minded, but when divorced from ideological polemics (pro or con) they have proven to be goldmines of fresh perspective. This book is an elegant example of what can be achieved when the primary evidence is reassessed in the light of this new spirit of inquiry.

    Amply supported by a wide selection of primary sources, White plunges into a detailed dissection of the course of history in what the French called the "Pays d'en haut"--the roughly triangular territory bounded by the Mississippi, the Ohio and the Great Lakes--from the establishment of French hegemony to the defeat of Tecumseh at the hands of the United States. Characters, landscape and events are vividly drawn, but underlying it all is White's astonishing theoretical angle: that the various participants--traders, chiefs, colonial officials, missionaries, prophets, warriors and women--were forced to continually construct the rules of a common game that their respective cultures and traditions were inadequate to navigate by themselves. Of course, neither Europeans or natives discarded their cultural baggage wholesale--rather, they raided each other's ideologies and practices for tools they could use for their own purposes, refashioning them into novel combinations and thus a new "culture". Under White's sharp lens, activities and categories which might seem unambiguous--"murder", "trade", "prostitute", "father", "metal tool"--are shown to actually be embedded in a kaleidoscopically shifting galaxy of symbols, mutually forged, mutually apprehended (and misapprehended) by the resourceful women and men of the "middle ground". White carefully traces the strategies of exploitation and survival mediated by French, Algonquin, British and Iroquois participation in this new world--scenes of sickening brutality, unexpected mercy and clever dealing merge with those of day-to-day business and coexistence in a vast mural that rings as true as any history I've yet encountered. I am eager to see how this brand of method and insight will be employed in other histories.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Influential beyond its scope
    Anyone who has attended an academic history conference in the last five or so years already realizes the impact that this densely-written, but provocatively argued book by an historian of the American west has had onthe study of American history.For both good and ill, White's centralthesis -- that Indians and Europeans in the Great Lakes region createdtogether and sustained an elaborate system of cultural and politicalcontact that endured for centuries based not on mutual understandings, butmutual MISunderstandings, often deliberate ones -- has come to set the tonefor the most recent studies of cultural encounter and creolization in theNew World.Indeed, White's "middle ground" bids fair to assumethe blanket hegemony exercised over the American historical imagination adecade or more back by the idea of "republicanism."And, notwithout cause: White's book is in many respects a stupendous achievement --exhaustively researched, laser-subtle analyses, and ambitious in scope.What weakens the book is White's tendency to often assert the existence ofa so-called cultural "middle ground" between Indians and othersin advance of the evidence he presents.The "middle ground" istoo often presented as a given, one that can act as the explanation, ratherthan as the hypothetical that it actually is, the actual subject thatshould be under investigation.This said, the influence of this book willbe felt for years to come. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0521424607
    Sales Rank: 54583
    Subjects:  1. Algonquian Indians    2. Great Lakes Region    3. History    4. History - General History    5. History: American    6. Indians of North America    7. Native American    8. Reference    9. United States - State & Local - General    10. American history: c 1500 to c 1800    11. Ethnography    12. History / Native American    13. USA   


    The Personnel of George Rogers Clark's Fort Jefferson, 1780-1781 (Ams Studies in Social History, No 11)
    by Kenneth Charles Carstens
    Hardcover (01 April, 1995)
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    Isbn: 0404616119
    Sales Rank: 3474453
    Subjects:  1. 1752-1818    2. Clark, George Rogers,    3. Fort Jefferson (Wickliffe, Ky.)    4. Friends and associates    5. History: American    6. Manuscripts    7. U.S. Local History - Southern States   

    Facing East from Indian Country: A Native History of Early America
    by Daniel K. Richter
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (01 February, 2003)
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    4-0 out of 5 stars The Echo of Native American Voices
    Behind the documents and the interpretations of Native American history, the Native voice yearns to be heard.It is unfortunate that no body of literature will be able to provide the "true" voice of how Natives actually reacted to the so-called "invasion" or "conquest" North America by Europeans during the early part of 16th century.However, Daniel Richter's FACING EAST FROM INDIAN COUNTRY:A NATIVE HISTORY OF EARLY AMERICA attempts to switch the lens from a European perspective to a Native American one.

    The book's cover shows an amazing picture of the American landscape that is all too familiar to historians and literati with its depiction of the romanticized Indian.Here we have a glorious painting that does not truly depict the world in which Indians had lived in.Yes, it is a big wide world that has not yet been tainted by colonists,settlers and traders alike.However, it was their world that had been considered the New World.

    Richter does a good job at introducing his argument that Natives are at the foreground of American history.That is, if one looked East along the Eastern seaboard.This account adds a dimensionto "master narrative," which now included Nativeinhabitants to be heard behind European accounts.

    FACING EAST FROM INDIAN COUNTRY may be a good starting point for those who would like to understand American history and its intricacies that involved Native Americans.This may not be the quintessential narrative, but it is one that is not difficult to understand nor is it complex.It is a visual perspective that may lead to complex inquiry as an after thought because the book ends where the story of Native Americans further continues, butwith one drastic event after another.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Great Thesis, Muddled Execution
    I was very excited to read Facing East From Indian Country, having read literally dozens of history titles on the conquest of the New World from the European perspective for school and work. However, I was slightly disappointed with Mr. Richter's writing style, and felt that as an author he did not "digest" his great thesis quite enough. There were too many times that I found myself really trying hard to "get into" particular chapters, and I thought that I was really working too hard to get through this title.

    That is not to say that this book is poor by any means. It isa far more academic title than I expected. For help with research it is excellent and offers up a great variety of very rare Native American source documents. But for simple reading pleasure it is a bit too scholarly.

    The reader's enjoyment of Facing East From Indian Country will depend on whether the customer is purchasing this book for academic work/research or just for casual reading. For the student/historian, it is a fresh take on the history of North America. For the history buff, it is probably a bit too complex. I am both a history buff and a professional historian, and couldn't help be a bit disappointed, especially after looking forward to reading Mr. Richter's book for some time.
    Hopefully he will publish more work in the future with the same type of freshness and perspective, and make it more digestable.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Pleasure To Read
    Since the Native Americans themselves have not left behind a body of written documentation describing their thoughts on the earliest episodes of European immigration,it is up to the author to speculate intelligently... based on the archeological evidence, the known actions of the peoples involved, and his own imagination.Vast in scope, but generously informative of individual events and particular people, the author has succeeded in creating a scholarly work that transcends the usual. Keen insights, and a clear, graceful writing style makesthis kind of historical reading extremely satisfying. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0674011171
    Sales Rank: 108438
    Subjects:  1. Ethnic Studies - Native American Studies    2. History    3. History - General History    4. History: American    5. United States - Colonial Period   


    Boonesborough: its founding, pioneer st[r]uggles, Indian experiences, Transylvania days, and revolutionary annals (Filson Club publications)
    by George Washington Ranck
    Unknown Binding (1971)
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    Isbn: 0405028784
    Sales Rank: 1953498
    Subjects:  1. Boone, Daniel    2. Boonesborough (Ky.)    3. History    4. Kentucky    5. Transylvania Colony    6. to 1792   

    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Hardcover (01 November, 1995)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Gripping and suspenseful Ohio River Valley history
    I have read this twice and have started it for the third time. I have read all of the Winning of America Series twice. I find myself switching back and forth to the maps.
    My father took me to see the Fallen Timbers during WW II. So I would have been about two years old. I just remember his describing the battle and the fact that most of the fallen trees or "timbers" were taller than I was laying on their sides. It was very still except for the birds, the locusts and my Father's voice. In retrospect it was a special and spiritual moment.
    As it turns out my dark father was 1/16 Native American (Elizabeth Weddell from Hawkins Co., Tennessee) only we didn't know it at the time.
    This book made the history of all my families come alive; some fought in the Revolution, one with the Royal Americans, one at Ft. Pitt and one at Germantown & Brandywine. Some ended up buying hundreds of acres of land at Chillicothe,OH., KY. and Indiana.
    Reading these books and in particular this one, puts me right in the middle of the action and family history.
    I am from Indiana via Southern Indiana, via KY., NC., VA., OH. and PA. These books, especially this one and The Frontiersman, are my favorites. Mr. Eckhert makes history live. Thanks.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Misinformation abounds.
    This book contains plenty of misinformation about the Zane family. It may be interesting reading, but it is not an accurate portrayal of the Zane Patriots. Not sure where he got his information but he needs to make many corrections. I've already written Bantam Books concerning this and I await there response.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Dark and Bloody River Runs Through It
    This is a relatively detailed account of the history of white settlement and conflict along the Ohio River drainage given in the form of a journal.A dated account, it draws together moments in the lives of natives, settlers and government officials as affected the area in question.Well written, engaging, detailed, with good footnotes and bibiliography.An excellent book worthy of space in any library and a necessity for those interested in this period. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0553094483
    Sales Rank: 877511
    Subjects:  1. Fiction    2. Fiction - Historical    3. Historical - General    4. History    5. Ohio River Valley    6. To 1795    7. U.S. Local History - Old Northwest States    8. United States - State & Local - General    9. Fiction / Historical   

    The Life of Daniel Boone
    by Lyman Copeland Draper, Ted Franklin Belue
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Hardcover (01 September, 1998)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars From Smoke & Fire News: A Unique Volume on Daniel Boone
    Occasionally a book that has been available for a while deserves another look just because of its intrinsic value.In 1998 a book was published that combined the names of two legendary individuals who will be associated forever with the history of the American backwoods-Daniel Boone, the famous adventurer, and Lyman C. Draper, the renowned nineteenth-century interviewer and collector.It was only through the painstaking efforts of editor Ted Franklin Belue that Draper's highly significant tome on Boone finally came into being a century and a half after it was started.Before the ink was dry on the printed page, this book had become a backcountry classic. It instantly went to the front rank of Boone biographies.For the previous hundred years few but the serious historian had been drawing from Draper's handwritten manuscript on Boone; now even the casual reader would have the material readily available in print.Despite the fact that Draper never finished writing the biography and didn't take Boone's exploits beyond 1778, The Life of Daniel Boone (596 pages hardcover, $39.95, Stackpole Books) has proven to be well worth the long wait.
    The book is a treasure trove of information about Boone, including such highlights as: his early years in Pennsylvania and North Carolina; activities during the French and Indian War; hunting in the Appalachian region; long hunting in Kentucky; adventures in Dunmore's War; the establishment ofBoonesborough; and the first half of the Revolutionary War in Kentucky.While perusing these pages, the reader will be reminded constantly of Draper's monumental research that involved extensive travel to obtain interviews with people who had known Boone personally or with relatives and friends of such individuals.He also endeavored to collect important documents before they disappeared.His efforts were literally a race against time. Belue sets a standard for excellence with his very interesting preface as well as his editor's note (following the preface) that explains how the book finally came into being.The outstanding notes at the end of each chapter by both Draper and Belue are a further wealth of information.Draper's 44-page appendix provides a Boone genealogy and biographical sketches of many other frontier figures.
    From Smoke & Fire News, November 2004, by Bob Holden

    5-0 out of 5 stars Most Excellent! "The Life of Daniel Boone"
    I have to say this book is just wonderful! It is great as a casual read as well as excellent for the researcher and/or family historian! It helped me to fill some gaps in my families history (Daniel's sister, Sarah Boone) and gave other avenues in which to reasearch.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Simply put, one of the best!
    This is the one to get. This one, and John Mack Faragher's BOONE biography (Henry Holt, 1992). Anything by Belue is worth getting; he is precise to the point of obsession, and his works--four thus far--will stand the test of time. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0811709795
    Sales Rank: 21561
    Subjects:  1. 1734-1820    2. Biography    3. Biography & Autobiography    4. Biography / Autobiography    5. Biography/Autobiography    6. Boone, Daniel,    7. Frontier and pioneer life    8. Historical - General    9. Historical - U.S.    10. Kentucky    11. Pioneers    12. Regional Subjects - South    13. U.S. History - Westward Expansion    14. United States - Colonial Period    15. Boone, Daniel   


    The Boone Family A Genealogical History of the Descendants of George and
    by Hazel A. Spraker
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Hardcover (1999)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars A Boone descendent.
    I was lucky to get an out or print edition a couple of years ago. This book did all the work for me in documenting my Boone ancestry up to my gg grandparents Henry Zumwalt and Jemima Boone. Their daughter LouElla Zumwalt who married Henry Smith is my g grandmother. The book is very thorough, and accurate and gives sources as everything is documented.M.Smith mmpwr@earthlink.net

    4-0 out of 5 stars Review of "The Boone Family" by Hazel A.Spraker
    If you are into genealogy or just plain interested in the famous Boone family this book is right up your street.

    It is basically the family tree of the Boones going back to George Boone I who lived in England in thelate 1600's.Not only does the book follow the Boone family down through11 generations from George but it also carries many excerpts fromhistorical manuscropts, wills, land deeds etc with which members of theBoone family were involved.

    There are interesting facts on most of thepioneer Boones and, obviously, a good deal of information on Daniel Booneand his descendants.

    In addition to this, there is a piece on possiblemembers of the Boone family whose position in the family tree has not yetbeen substantiated.

    When you consider that this book was first publishedin 1922 it has most definately stood up to the test of time with very fewdeficiencies being uncovered.

    Most definately worth a look at very leastand an addition to your library at most. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0806306122
    Sales Rank: 1008826
    Subjects:  1. Genealogy    2. Reference    3. Boone family    4. Boone, Daniel   

    The Conspiracy of Pontiac and the Indian War After the Conquest of Canada: From the Spring of 1763 to the Death of Pontiac (Conspiracy of Pontiac & the Indian War After the Conquest of)
    by Francis Parkman
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Gripping history from a most illustrative pen
    This book and its follow-on volume 2 of 2 provide us with rare detail of a mostly forgotten chapter of American history. While Francis Parkman is best known for his 7-volume masterpiece "France and England in North America, as well as numerous accounts of Westward expansion, this more focused 2-volume work, in my opinion, brings forward his most impressive writing skills. Parkman literally paints with words, including the most descriptive interpretations I have ever read of the early American frontier and the fascinating range of peoples vying for control or mere survival.

    These two volumes are a true pleasure to read and a treasure for those who enjoy the history of North America and its peoples, as well as those who appreciate the power and beauty of the written word. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0803287372
    Sales Rank: 263427
    Subjects:  1. History    2. History - General History    3. History: American    4. Native American    5. Native Americans    6. Pontiac's Conspiracy, 1763-176    7. Pontiac's Conspiracy, 1763-1765    8. U.S. History - Colonial Period (1607-1775)    9. United States - Colonial Period   


    Early History of Western Pennsylvania of the West and the Western Expeditions and Campaigns (To Ohio, 1754-1833)
    by William L. Iscrupe, Shirley G. Iscripe
    Hardcover (01 December, 1988)
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    War under Heaven: Pontiac, the Indian Nations, and the British Empire
    by Gregory Evans Dowd
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    3-0 out of 5 stars Good Analysis of Pontiac's War...With Reservations
    Gregory Dowd's "War Under Heaven" is a decent scholarly analysis of the Indian conflict popularly known as Pontiac's War, that bloody uprising against the British along the Eastern frontier in the years immediately after the end of the French and Indian War.Pontiac's War was a result of many factors following France's defeat in the contest for North America, most of which surrounded the uncertainy of the Indians future in an empire now controlled by the British, who unlike the French before them, did not generally look upon the Indians with favor.The result of this uncertainy of status and spirituality led to an especially sanguinary confrontation between the Indians and their British neighbors, or as the Indians saw them, overlords.

    Dowd questions the traditionally accepted causes of the war, especially the conclusions of authors like Francis Parkman and Howard Peckham, which placed the ultimate causes of the war at the feet of General Jeffery Amherst and his anti-Indian policies of witholding presents and weapons from the tribes, materials that they had not only come to expect as a matter of course, but were now wholely dependent on for their survival.Dowd attempts to draw a connection to the role of the Delaware Prophet Neolin and his influence on Pontiac and the other western tribes as they struggled to maintain their lifestyle in the face of a an uncertain future.The author maintains that the question of Indian status and prestige lie at the root of the conflict as the Indians tried to keep the balance between themselves and the British which they had always enjoyed with their previous allies, the French.He also attempts to enhance the role played by the spiritual aspect of the war, showing that Pontiac and his followers were greatly influenced by the teachings of the Delaware Prophet and his message of a return to native technologies and lifeways and a rejection of white influence.This is definately not a military history of the war so much as an analaysis of the causes and outcomes of Pontiac's War and the way Indian-white relations evolved over the course of the years 1760-1765.

    While the book is well written and researched, I had some serious reservations with some of the conclusions Dowd draws.For one thing, Dowd seriously downplays the significance of Henry Bouquet's success at the Battle of Bushy Run, claiming it was more a draw than the important victory most historians make it out to be.He also downplays the importance of Bouquets expedition into the Ohio Country in 1764, a march that is usually credited with having ended the war and eliciting proclamations of peace from the Ohio tribes.Here Dowd implies that far from cowing the tribes, Bouquet forms a shaky peace with the yet hostile native enemies whom he knows he can not best in open combat.

    The biggest problem, however, lies with his almost revisionist treatment of Colonel John Bradstreet's expedition to Detroit which took place simultaneously with Bouquet's march.Historians from Francis Parkmen to Fred Anderson have characterized Bradstreet's expedition as an unqualified disaster.Bradstreet disobeyed his orders from Gage to attack the Shawnee and Delaware villages along the Scioto and attempted to create his own ill-conceived peace accord with the Ohio tribes in a clear affront to his nemesis William Johnson.Bradstreet is generally remembered by history as being the conqueror of Fort Frontenac during the late war with France, but here he proves himself to be an ambitious yet incompetent bungler who's greatest affront comes at Detroit when, enraged at Pontiac's absence from a peace council Bradstreet has called with the disaffected tribes, the colonel proceeds to tomahawk to bits a peace belt Pontiac has sent in his stead, an act that one historian has compared to a diplomat spitting on a proposed peace treaty.Bradstreet also unwisely sends poor Captain Thomas Morris on a fool's errand up the Maumee and Washbash Rivers, into the lion's den so to speak, in an attempt to bring Pontiac to the peace table.Along the way Morris is beaten and nearly burned at the stake by hostile Indians, only to escape to Detroit in failure, angering a deluded Bradstreet by presenting undeniable evidence that the peace he believes he has forged is a total fraud.Bradstreet then leaves Detroit in disgust, is angered further by the Indians failure to show up with prisoners at Sandusky as promised, and then proceeds to abandon half his force on his return to Niagara after many of his bateauxs are foolishly sunk in a storm on Lake Erie when he fails to take the necessary precautions to protect his men and equipment.Dowd, however, portrays Bradstreet as an unsung hero, a man maligned by his superiors who are angered by his mission's lack of bloodshed and chastisement.Whether or not this is an accurate view of Bradstreet is questionable, but Dowd seems to support much of the rest of his arguements soundly.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Scholarly and Accessible
    I am going to offer a rave review, (admittedly of a favorite period), and want to disclaim the need for a disclaimer --- I do not know the author or have any connection to his University or publisher.

    Gregory Dowd can hardly be accused of writing inaccessible history only to other historians on an obscure topic. The linkages in British Colonial Indian policy between the end of the French and Indian War and the Revolution are interesting in their own right. This account covers all perspectives, dealing with French attitudes; Pontiac's turbulent, adroit yet ultimately unpopular leadership; and above all the cultural and emotional influences at work in the era. Not merely about Pontiac's War, this work is aptly subtitled: Pontiac, The Indian Nations and the British Empire.

    Of particular import is Dowd's sophisticated analysis of British policy paralleled with a sober yet, when appropriate, complimentary account of the methods of the Indian Nations. Dowd provides new insight in his focus on the issue of status and dignity as a motivating factor in Pontiac's War -- without ever collapsing into easy platitudes on the plight of Native Americans. Wholistic in the best sense of the word, the impact of Indian religion and its interaction with Christianity is also assessed.

    Expert, well written, well researched, non-polemic; War Under Heaven, also offers seamless assessments of the work of other historians.

    The fact that Dowd accomplishes so much in just 275 pages of text is a testament to good writing and the tightness of the text. Just as accessible to newcomer as to student of the era. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0801870798
    Sales Rank: 543320
    Subjects:  1. 1750-1815    2. Ethnic identity    3. Europe - General    4. History    5. History - General History    6. History: American    7. Indians of North America    8. Ottawa Chief,    9. Pontiac's Conspiracy, 1763-176    10. Pontiac's Conspiracy, 1763-1765    11. Pontiac,    12. United States - Colonial Period    13. Wars    14. d. 1769    15. History / United States / General    16. Pontiac   

    Lord Dunmore's Little War of 1774: His Captains and Their Men Who Opened Up Kentucky & The West To American Settlement
    by Warren Skidmore, Donna Kaminsky
    Hardcover (01 December, 2002)
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    French & Indian War, Pontiac's War, Lord Dunmore's War, the Revolutionary War and the Indian Uprisings from 1789 to 1795
    by C. Hale Sipe
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    Isbn: 0788414925
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    My Father, Daniel Boone: The Draper Interviews With Nathan Boone
    by Nathan Boone, Olive Van Bibber Boone, Lyman Copeland Draper, Neal O. Hammon
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Hardcover (01 April, 1999)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Nathan and Olive Discuss Father Daniel Boone
    Nathan Boone and his wife, Olive van Bibber Boone, had the kind of memories most people wish for.They remembered virtually all of the early history of Commonwealth of Kentucky.When Lyman Draper came to visit them for two months in 1851 he found them full of the most interesting and detailed memories of Daniel Boone.Not only had the elder Boone lived with them and shared his own memories, they had also lived through many of the incidents themselves, and knew many of the old pioneers -- old van Bibber was one of the earliest settlers in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.Enjoyable, highly readable.I highly recommend this book.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Boone, From Myth to Reality
    The Draper Interviews provide insight into the life of Boone, free of themyth and larger than life stereotype that has always surrounded thisremarkable frontiersman.Nathan Boone's recollections of his father alsogives us a glimpse of how Daniel himself viewed the world in which he livedand allows us to more clearly understand the man from which the legendsprung.Though many books written from similiar interviews are dulland rather boring, the Draper Interviews are arranged so that they make forrather stimulating reading and keep the reader eagerly in longing for thenext chapter.Truly a "must read" for anyone interested inDaniel Boone or early Kentucky history. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0813121035
    Sales Rank: 83766
    Subjects:  1. 1734-1820    2. Biography    3. Biography / Autobiography    4. Boone, Daniel,    5. Frontier and pioneer life    6. Historical - General    7. Historical - U.S.    8. History    9. History: American    10. Kentucky    11. Kentucky - Local History    12. Pioneers    13. U.S. History - Westward Expansion    14. United States - Revolutionary War    15. Boone, Daniel    16. Boone, Nathan    17. Boone, Olive Van Bibber    18. Interviews   


    The Tenmile Country and Its Pioneer Families A Genealogical History of the Upper Monogahela Valley
    by Howard L. Leckey
    Paperback (2001)
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    Isbn: 0806350970
    Sales Rank: 1523483
    Subjects:  1. Genealogy    2. Reference   

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