- Paperback: 300 pages
- Publisher: Dietz Pr; 1St Edition edition (October 30, 1992)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 087517065X
- ISBN-13: 978-0875170657
- Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #264,054 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Great Wagon Road: From Philadelphia to the South 1St Edition Edition
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While much has been written about the Scots-Irish, this book includes other Protestant migrants such as the German, Moravian, Palatine, and Quakers. The book also describes the various Protestant preachers such as Francis Asbury and Peter Muhlenberg that so affected the settlers, broadly cast the seeds of religious freedom and anti-slavery. Many of those clans who migrated to North Carolina, moved onto Tennessee and Kentucky only to find that they could not compete economically with slaveholders and moved north to the free labor states of Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois. There they met other branches who generally followed the National Road west from Philadelphia.
The book is full of details that give the reader clear pictures of what life was like living along the great wagon road and various branches west. I recommend the book for those wanting an in-depth image of what their ancestors did to survive and make a life for themselves in this part of the country.
It is only recently that I realized Philadelphia was to the continental colonies what Ellis Island was to the later United States. I wonder how many Southerners will be surprised to find out that their ancestors migrated from the North. While the concept is amusing in a wry sort of way, it also helps explain the developing sense of colonial identity. Those people up North or down South were not strangers. They were Aunt Mary, Cousin John, or Grandpa!
The growth of Great Britain's American colonies was constrained by 2 facts of 16th and 17th century life: the Appalachian Mountains and King George II. It was a horrendous task to cross the mountains and their sovereign forbid it. Founded on religious freedom, Pennsylvania became a haven for all sorts of people fleeing Europe. So for years, as population concentrations grew in and around Philadelphia, and because westward migration was out of the question, a natural migration southward occurred along an ancient Indian trading and warring path which connected the entire northern and southern east coast.
This path was acquired from the Indians over time and became known as The Great Wagon Road, so labeled on a map drawn by Thomas Jefferson's father, Peter. It is over this settlers' path from Philadelphia that the western portions of Virginia, North and South Carolina and Georgia were originally peopled. This migration was vast, lasting 50 to 60 years and numbering in the tens of thousands of people.Read more ›
The author never discusses the Wagon Road itself which ran from Pennslyvania southward through Virginia into the Tennessee Valley with a branch going down into North Carolina. The book strays all over the map -- as far as South Carolina, and much of it has nothing to do with the Great Road.
When reading the early chapters of the book, I realized that it could not be trusted. Then I came upoon Chapter 13 "The Saga of Castle's Woods." The author had paraphrased my master's thesis. I am not sure if what he did is legal or not, but it, in my opinion was not ethical. He did give me one citation. But that is not the worst problem. He made up facts when he wanted to tell a colorful story about the people in Castle's Woods. Furthermore, he made quite a number of gross errors. For example, he states that Castle's Woods later became Saltville. Saltville is two counties away. Castle's Woods is in present Russell County while Saltville is in Smyth County Virginia. According to MapQuest that is a distance on 49.7 miles. Castle's Woods is about 25 miles from the Great Road.
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A very good telling of the migration westward. Probably wouldn't have appreciated it nearly as much as a child, but was fascinated as an adultPublished 7 months ago by Mary Allen
Overall it was well done. My only criticism is that there was too much "filler". In other words the author got off the subject
(road) several times with commentary on... Read more
This is a historical book that I have used in my genealogy research.Published 9 months ago by Georgia Champion
Gave a good insight into how the Irish and German ancestors migrated and arrived at our current locations.Published 10 months ago by Bob D.
Great history of the early migration of European settlers moving into the Southern colonies after arriving from Europe. Read morePublished 10 months ago by VP Customer
this book was a suggested read by a person who did an ancestry trace on my Dad. Interesting!Published 16 months ago by Yvonne Carter
A well documented broad based study of the North-South route from precolonial time to the advent of railroads and paved roads.Published 20 months ago by Alan
This is great. Helps to understand why the upcountry in Virginia, the Carolinas, Georgia and points west are conservative. Read morePublished on November 30, 2013 by C. Kane
Full of lots of relevant and interesting real life detail. Instead of an overly scholarly writing style, this is fun to read.Published on October 4, 2013 by Ronald E. York