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