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

af David McCullough

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History. Nonfiction. HTML:#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 e
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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. ( )
1 stem Hccpsk | Jul 5, 2023 |
The history, mostly, of the founding and settlement of Marietta, Ohio. The story is told through the writings of five of its settlers. Things may drag a little if after hearing of the number of brick houses in Marietta, the regularity of its streets, or the legendary moral superiority of its founders, one becomes concerned that the author might have been trying to sell property there. The most interesting parts of the book are about other mentioned asides, e.g. Aaron Burr's attempt to become the emperor of the West or Marietta's role in the underground railroad. ( )
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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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History. Nonfiction. HTML:#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 e

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