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Essential Reading: American Frontier (1721-1808)
This excellent account of the years spanning David Zeisberger's lifetime - 1721 to 1808 - is essential reading for anyone who wishes to gain an understanding of life on the American frontier through the eyes of those who actually lived and moved through the region. It is also essential reading for anyone who wishes to understand the grave abuses against Native Americans as they were pushed ever-westward by eager (kind words) settlers. Written in 1870, THE LIFE AND TIMES OF DAVID ZEISBERGER uses journals and other writings of missionaries Zeisberger and John Heckewelder to take the reader back in time and place. Here is my belief: Each generation sees history through the lens of its own culture. Separating ourselves from cultural prejudices is probably impossible. However, we can do our best to tread the pathways of the past in the footsteps of those who first blazed those paths, and we can thereby put aside, of only for a moment, our own judgments and experience the past as it was actually lived. This is an important exercise because it invariably leads us to look forward into the present to see and, perhaps, to judge our own generation and, by grace, to change.