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But if more people had read this chapter in Eckert's history of the Old Northwest, perhaps there might be a reduction in the amount of trouble caused by the modern attempts to substitute myth for understanding. Eckert's more intimate style certainly humanizes the past. If one reads the introduction, this was not written as a piece of fiction, but puts dialogues into the text of the historical account when indicated by the sources. The author calls this a novel about the settling of whites beyond the Allegheny Mountains, primarily in Kentucky and Ohio, but also a bit beyond to Indiana, Tennessee and Missouri.
It reads like non-fiction--straightforward narrative with chapter notes. The author does impute emotions to the characters in a novelistic way. The dialog is supposedly taken from diaries and published accounts. I found the writing plain but the history fascinating, especially since I grew up in Ohio and was somewhat familiar with many of the characters. And there are a lot of characters. Allan W. Eckert deals with all the leading Native Americans, U. He covers the establishment of nearly every city and village native or settler in the area; every raid and murder again on both sides and military actions.
It sometimes became a bit overwhelming, but his "touchstone" characters were the famous frontiersman Simon Kenton and legendary Shawnee chief Tecumseh. He filled in the background on their parents, siblings and lives from birth to death. Eckert began and ended the book with Kenton's story and regularly returned to him during the narrative. In general, I enjoyed the book. The middle sagged a bit and, as I mentioned, the detail could get overwhelming. I would give it three stars for reading pleasure and the fourth for the great research. I will be reading the sequel.
One chapter note struck me. According to Eckert, Andrew Jackson our 7th president was likely born at sea and ineligible for the Presidency. He presents some compelling firsthand accounts one, a woman who claimed to have delivered him on the boat and muddy dates Simon Kenton mentioned meeting Jackson leading a gang of men in Kentucky when, according to the official biography, Jackson would have only been twelve years old. Our first birther controversy! I recommend this book for those serious about early US expansion history. If you're looking for a romantic story or more traditional HF, this isn't the book for you.
Quite a narrative about the early history of the Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky country. Recommend the book for those who like history, especially early American. Here at Walmart. Your email address will never be sold or distributed to a third party for any reason. Due to the high volume of feedback, we are unable to respond to individual comments. Sorry, but we can't respond to individual comments.
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Eckert's dramatic history. I saw an ad for it in Locus magazine. Two books in a series about the Maya that was never finished, by Marella Sands. They are mysteries and the publisher pulled the plug. Edited: Feb 4, , pm. Help me remember -- i read a book that came out in the last years. It was a slim volume that was a series of journal entries made by a white settler during the colonial period. He travelled often and crossed between Native American and white areas.
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One other piece of info -- the author is not Native American himself. For the life of me, i can't remember the title or author. It's based on the life of Sacagawea, and I thought it was very well-written and rich. Feb 5, , am. Still definitely worth reading, though. And the author is Joseph Boyden , not Croydon.
Feb 10, , pm. Feb 11, , am. The two most well-known Native American fiction writers writers who are actually Native American and who also write stories about native american life are N. Scott Momaday and Louise Erdrich He's right on the money, though! If you want to know what it's like to be an Indian today, read his books.
Feb 22, , am. I think Aztec by Gary Jennings is just the thing for you. Also, believe it or not, Texas by James Michener is really good regarding early relations between Indian tribes and American settlers. Mar 14, , am. What a deal! Apr 8, , am. James Michener for all your historical fiction needs. Chesapeake deals with the first encounters between Europeans and Native Americans in the Chesapeake area of all places.
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Another good one, Centennial , presents the same theme but occurs later and further west in what would later be called Colorodo. Although the plots extend for many centuries, if not eons, Michener provides thorough perspectives from both the native and "visitor" point of view in just a few chapters. I've never read Texas , as aforementioned, but if it's anything like any other of Michener's works, it should be just as relevant. There's a young adult historical fiction novel called Sorceress by Celia Rees.