The Frontiersmen: A Narrative

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Jesse Stuart Foundation, 2001 - Biography & Autobiography - 626 pages
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The frontiersmen were a remarkable breed of men. They were often rough and illiterate, sometimes brutal and vicious, often seeking an escape in the wilderness of mid-America from crimes committed back east. In the beautiful but deadly country which would one day come to be known as West Virginia, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois, more often than not they left their bones to bleach beside forest paths or on the banks of the Ohio River, victims of Indians who claimed the vast virgin territory and strove to turn back the growing tide of whites. These frontiersmen are the subjects of Allan Eckert's dramatic history.Against the background of such names as George Rogers Clark, Daniel Boone, Arthur St. Clair, Anthony Wayne, Simon Girty and William Henry Harrison, Eckert has recreated the life of one of America's most outstanding heroes, Simon Kenton. Kenton's role in opening the Northwest Territory to settlement more than rivaled that of his friend Daniel Boone. By his eighteenth birthday, Kenton had already won frontier renown as woodsman, fighter and scout. His incredible physical strength and endurance, his great dignity and innate kindness made him the ideal prototype of the frontier hero.Yet there is another story to The Frontiersmen. It is equally the story of one of history's greatest leaders, whose misfortune was to be born to a doomed cause and a dying race. Tecumseh, the brilliant Shawnee chief, welded together by the sheer force of his intellect and charisma an incredible Indian confederacy that came desperately close to breaking the thrust of the white man's westward expansion. Like Kenton, Tecumseh was the paragon of his people's virtues, and the story of hislife, in Allan Eckert's hands, reveals most profoundly the grandeur and the tragedy of the American Indian.No less importantly, The Frontiersmen is the story of wilderness America itself, its penetration and settlement, and it is Eckert's particular grace to be able t

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By Owen Smithers
This profoundly written historical fiction novel is wrought with the characters, scenes and settings of the new land. Set in late 18th century of Midwestern North America, this
factual based novel inspired by true events and personal journals of the characters and witnesses themselves, give a beacon of illumination as to the hearts, minds and spirits of the frontier of America in its infancy. In the pages of this captivating novel you come to know and understand the lives of the men and women who forged for themselves and future generations a new life of freedom and a culture of hope in what they came to know through daily survival and struggle toward their view of what was best for the people they loved and represented. If ever there were a story worth reading that left you wanting more, it is in these pages that the author has truly succeeded. Well done Mr. Eckert. 

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Absolutely awesome series of books. I love how the author does not take sides on who is right and who is wrong in the disputes between natives and whites. He simply states what was happening and in some cases giving the most likely dialogue concerning it. Keeping things in their historical context makes it even more of a joy to read. It gives you a taste of history, and feels as if you are there experiencing it with Simon. He is a great writer. 

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About the author (2001)

Allan W. Eckert was born in Buffalo, New York on January 30, 1931. He served in the United States Air Force and attended the University of Dayton and Ohio State University. He was a historian, naturalist, novelist, poet, screenwriter and playwright. He wrote over 40 books during his lifetime including A Time of Terror: The Great Dayton Flood, Wild Season, The Silent Sky, The Frontiersmen, Wilderness Empire, The Conquerors, and A Sorrow in Our Heart: The Life of Tecumseh, which were all nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in literature. He received the Newbery Honor Book Award for Incident at Hawk's Hill. He also wrote almost all of the scripts for television's Wild Kingdom and adapted The Frontiersmen into the play Tecumseh! He died of prostate cancer on July 7, 2011 at the age of 80.

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