The Ohio Frontier

The Ohio Frontier

Crucible of the Old Northwest, 1720–1830
R. Douglas Hurt
Distribution: World
Publication date: 08/22/1998
Format: Paperback 23 b&w photos
ISBN: 978-0-253-21212-2
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A Selection of the History Book Club

The Ohio Frontier
Crucible of the Old Northwest, 1720-1830
R. Douglas Hurt

Finally, after nearly twenty-five years, a high-quality general history of the frontier period of the state of Ohio...a dynamic account of the Ohio frontier that should delight both transappalachian frontier scholars and interested amateurs."
—E. J. Fabyan, Vincennes University History

...a vivid panorama of the transitional years when Ohio evolved from a raw frontier territory to an established province of an ever-expanding nation." —Margaret Flanagan Booklist

The Ohio frontier was always a land of violence, opportunity, and refuge for both Indians and whites. It served as the political, economic, and social foundation for the settlement of the Old Northwest. First settled by migrating Native Americans about 1720 and later by white Americans, Ohio became the crucible which set Indian and military policy throughout the region. Nowhere on the American frontier was the clash of cultures more violent than in the Ohio country. There, Shawnees, Wyandots, and Delawares, among others, fought to preserve their land claims against an army that was incompetent at the beginning but highly trained and disciplined at the end.

This book will appeal top anyone interested in the history of Ohio and the military, social, political, and economic history of the American frontier.

A History of the Trans-Appalachian Frontier Series—Walter Nugent and Malcolm Rohrbough, general editors

Author Bio

R. Douglas Hurt is the editor of Agricultural History and Professor and Director of the Graduate Program in Agricultural History and Rural Studies at Iowa State University. He has written and edited more than a dozen books.

Reviews

““. . . extremely readable and exciting treatments of the region during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.” —The Annals of Iowa “Ohio Frontier provides excellent summaries of recent scholarship in a chronological framework . . .” —Indiana Magazine of History “This is a fine book of its genre. It is essentially descriptive, as it should be, and it succeeds in introducing the reader to fascinating aspects of frontier life too frequently passed over.” —Northwest Ohio Quarterly “. . . the publication of a book such as R. Douglas Hurt’s The Ohio Frontier is an important moment in the history of Ohio’s history . . .” —Ohio History “This exhaustively researched and well-written book provides a comprehensive history of Ohio from 1720 to 1830.” —Journal of the Early Republic “. . . excellent . . . ” —American Historical Review First settled about 1720 by migrating Native Americans and later by white Americans, Ohio became the crucible for Indian and military policy throughout the region. Nowhere on the American frontier was the clash of cultures more violent than in the Ohio country. There, Shawnees, Wyandots, Delawares, and other native peoples fought to preserve their land claims against an army that was incompetent at the beginning but highly trained and disciplined in the end.”

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Table of Contents

Preface
The First Settlers
Clash of Cultures
Revolution in the Ohio Country
The Road to Hell
Fallen Timbers
Ohio Fever
Early Settlements
Farm Country
The Frontier People
The Religious Frontier
Confederacy and War
Farmers: First and Last
Settled Community
Biographical Essay
Index