Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your email address or mobile phone number.
The Ohio Frontier: Crucible of the Old Northwest, 1720-1830 (History of the Trans-Appalachian Frontier) Hardcover – Unabridged, October 1, 1996
See the Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
More About the Author
Top Customer Reviews
Yet the book is entirely lacking in the ordinary scholarly apparatus. There are no notes. The bibliographic essay, while full of titles, doesn't relate specific titles to specific chapters, much less to specific bits of information. The reader simply has to take it on faith that the quotations, etc., are accurate, making the book useless to future scholars in the field. Furthermore, no attempt is made to suggest different interpretations, or to provide an overview of the historical literature. (Parkman's name doesn't once appear.)
The best way to describe the book is as the raw data for a really good popular history. Or perhaps as a non-scholarly survey of recent scholarship. It's neither fish nor fowl, neither particularly fun to read nor useful to specialists. Which is a shame, because the story it tells would be fascinating in the hands of a more engaging writer.
One can find a wealth of detail here about particular regions and towns and how they grew and developed. The book, however, cannot be awarded five stars as Hurt's writing style is very matter-of-fact and (although he points out that the Western Reserve was slow to develop) the northeastern section of the state is given little attention. All in all, however, a book well worth reading for anyone interested in Ohio history or the development of the Northwest Territory.
The second part of the book shows how new developments in technology such as canals and riverboats made the Ohio white population explode.Hurt's population figures in such areas as Cincinnati show that by early 1800 the city was already becoming a major riverboat town if not THE major riverboat and meat packing town. By 1830 the Ohio frontier was settled as a major farm exporting economy droving hogs and cattle thousands of miles to major markets in the east.
The book also makes a breakdown of what European ethnic groups settled in which areas of Ohio and why the groups preferred that particular area.All types were welcome from European Eutopian communities to hardcore hograisers.The brief mention of the War of 1812,a minor or insignificant stumble on the path of European/style settlement which finished off any Indian/British land claims in the old Northwest.Ohio was so successful that by 1830 it began losing population from ambitious people seeking "greener pastures"farther into the west.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
loved reading about early Ohio, and the early history of places i know and lovePublished 18 months ago by Anne E. Mcwilliams
A great read, a little slow at times. I bought it for it's information and it has plenty of that.Published 21 months ago by Bryan Stroud
I purchased this book as a Christmas gift for my son. He had this book on his Christmas list, so I knew that he really wanted it. Read morePublished on January 1, 2014 by Sharon H.
The book has exciting parts and boring parts. I learned a bit about the early Indian wars, the clash of cultures between the retreating Indians and the frontier settlers who... Read morePublished on September 10, 2013 by David B. Snyder
After reading the Allan Eckert series the curiosity for or detail on each state was very high. This book gave that detail.Published on June 13, 2013 by Adrian Brown
I bought this book because I had just finished reading a biography of Daniel Boone (who spent considerable time in southern Ohio) and I wanted to find out more about frontier life... Read morePublished on February 8, 2013 by Mark Sutter
"The Ohio Frontier: Crucible of the Old Northwest" by R. Douglas Hurt and published in 1996 is part of the "History of the Trans-Appalachian Frontier" series from the Indiana... Read morePublished on March 31, 2012 by 5/0
In seeking background information to use in developing an early 1800s character for first person interpretation for our historical society, I happened upon this book in my sister's... Read morePublished on September 8, 2011 by cbest
The book is somewhat informative, but beyond that is totally boring. Not very well written and the author seems disengaged. I would not recomend the book to anyone.Published on June 28, 2005 by bkwrm