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The Ohio Frontier: Crucible of the Old Northwest, 1720-1830 (History of the Trans-Appalachian Frontier) Hardcover – Unabridged, October 1, 1996

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Hurt has fashioned a vivid panorama of the transitional years when Ohio evolved from a raw frontier territory to an established province of an ever-expanding nation. As the buffer zone separating the colonized East and the uninhabited and unexplored West, Ohio afforded limitless social, economic, and political opportunities for daring and eager adventurers migrating from the eastern seaboard. Unfortunately, this dramatic demographic shift provoked a violent cultural and military clash between Native Americans and white settlers. The formulation and implementation of a harsh Indian policy that inevitably resulted in the removal and relocation of the Native American population from the territory enabled the newcomers to forge a comfortable and prosperous society rooted in agriculture and industry. Compelling regional history. Margaret Flanagan

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Hurt (Agricultural History and Rural Studies/Iowa State Univ.) draws a plodding timeline in prose, tracing the conquest and settlement of Ohio by Native and then European Americans. Before 1720, Ohio was mostly uninhabited. Only the Erie ``Cat Nation,'' Iroquoian-speaking Indians who lived along Lake Erie, occupied even a small part of the vast territory. When the lucrative and insatiable European appetite for beaver pelt exhausted the supply further east, however, Indian trappers from the Five Iroquois Nations attacked the Erie and gained control of their rich beaver source. The first whites to venture into the area were fur traders and missionaries, the former group plying the Indians with liquor and teaching them English, often swear words, while the missionaries attempted to save the Indians' souls. Many of the Indians did in fact convert to Christianity, although it didn't protect them from the brutality of their white neighbors. In one particularly gruesome incident, Christian Delaware Indians sang hymns as more than 90 men, women, and children were taken in groups of two and three and slaughtered by their American captors. Many broken treaties later, the Ohio territory was settled by an odd mixture of refined New Englanders and rough-and-ready frontiersmen, which made for an unusual--and uneasy--social mix. Eventually, however, the people of Ohio developed into a settled and fairly prosperous group, and the frontier continued westward. This isn't an inherently boring subject; in fact, it is filled with both harrowing and amusing aspects. But Hurt presents it as a litany of names, dates, and places--and sometimes crops, livestock, and diseases--with precious little of either analysis or drama. (20 b&w photos, 5 maps) -- Copyright ©1996, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

Product Details

  • Series: History of the Trans-Appalachian Frontier
  • Hardcover: 445 pages
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press; First Edition edition (October 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0253332109
  • ISBN-13: 978-0253332103
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.2 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #865,202 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
There's a great deal of information here. That's the good news. The bad news is that the author (or perhaps his publisher) seems undecided about whether the book is a popular or a scholarly history. The plain-vanilla writing style is typical of professors who live in dread of being suspected of writing for a -- shudder! -- general audience. Furthermore, the narrative is not strictly chronological, and no attempt is made to explore the personalities of the (fascinating) individuals mentioned. All signs of scholarly history.

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.
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R Douglas Hurt has provided us with a solid survey of Ohio's history from its first settlement to the end of the frontier period. He manages to cover the various Indian tribes and their unique problems in dealing with the white man. He covers the economic developments, the process of urbanization, the religious differences, the cultural differences of the early settlers as well as the conflicts between Britain and the United States and how they affected the people (including the Indians)of the Ohio country. In later years Hurt discusses the political struggles between the Federalists and Republicans which ultimately led to statehood during the Jefferson administration. He ends by detailing the conflicts between the Republicans and the Jacksonian democrats and what the conflicts meant to the people of the Ohio frontier. His discussion of canal building is also informative.
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.
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Format: Paperback
This book offers a vital insight into the development of what would eventually become the greatest state in the Union. Ohio was the first portion of the Old Northwest Territories to be settled, and that would have significant consequences for the state's development. First, the state would become more republican than others northern states, and would also be free of agrarian taint associated with such a political philosophy in the founding era. Second, it would also ensure that a great deal of the politics within the state would be focused on localities, rather than the state capital. The state would develop into the land of small business and family farms because of the traditions associated with the decentralized nature of its development. This is a great history book, but not one I would suggest to everyone. More of a scholars work than one for a general audience. Still, very great.
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The book is divided basically into 2 sections,Ohio before the Treaty of Greenville (1794) and the rapid settlement patterns that occurred after the great Treaty. The Indian population of Ohio during this period according to the author peaked at about 3000,living a horticulturist,hunter-gatherer type economic paradise. The Indians attempt to use the european powers to hold on to as much of the Ohio wilderness as they can. Eventually the native-americans are caught in the middle of the European land claims and are pushed aside,by the French,English,Spanish and newly formed American governments. This section of the book is handled in a very lively,interesting, and readable way.Things rapidly in the Ohio territories change after the Treaty of Greenville.
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.
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