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Frontier Indiana

Andrew R. L. Cayton

The research and scholarship that went into the work are excellent; so good, in fact, that the book should be on the required text list for all Transappalachian frontier courses." -History

Cayton's lively new history of the frontier period in Indiana puts the focus on people, on how they lived, how they viewed their world, and what motivated them. Here are the stories of Sieur de Vincennes, John Francis Hamtramck, Little Turtle, Anna Tuthill Symmes Harrison, Tenskwatawa, Calvin Fletcher-along with many more familiar (and not so familiar) early Hoosiers.

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A History of the Trans-Appalachian Frontier
1996; 360 pages, 20 b&w photos, 2 maps, index, 6 x 9
cloth 0-253-33048-3 $39.95 L / GBP28.50
paper 0-253-21217-0 $18.95 t / GBP13.50
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Product details

  • Paperback | 360 pages
  • 152.4 x 223.52 x 22.86mm | 476.27g
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 0253212170
  • 9780253212177
  • 2,170,733

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Most history concentrates on the broad sweep of events, battles and political decisions, economic advance or decline, landmark issues and events, and the people who lived and made these events tend to be lost in the big picture. Cayton's lively new history of the frontier period in Indiana puts the focus on people, on how they lived, how they viewed their world, and what motivated them. Here are the stories of Jean-Baptiste Bissot, Sieur de Vincennes; George Croghan, the ultimate frontier entrepreneur; the world as seen by George Rogers Clark; Josiah Hamar and John Francis Hamtramck; Little Turtle; Anna Tuthill Symmes Harrison and William Henry Harrison; Tenskwatawa; Jonathan Jennings; Calvin Fletcher; and many others. Focusing his account on these and other representative individuals, Cayton retells the story of Indiana's settlement in a human and compelling narrative which makes the experience of exploration and settlement real and exciting. Here is a book that will appeal to the general reader and scholar alike while going a long way to reinfusing our understanding of history and the historical process with the breath of life itself.
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Table of contents

Foreword by Walter Nugent and Malcolm J. Rohrbough
1. The World of the Miami, 1700-1754
2. The World of George Croghan, 1750-1777
3. The Village of Vincennes, 1765-1777
4. The World of George Rogers Clark, 1778-1787
5. The World of Josiah Harmar and John Francis Hamtramck, 1787-1790
6. The World of Little Turtle, 1790-1795
7. The World of Anna Tuthill Symmes Harrison, 1795-1810
8. The World of Tenskwatawa, 1795-1811
9. The World of Jonathan Jennings, 1800-1816
10. The End of the Frontier, 1816-1850
Epilogue: "This Country of Liberty"
Acknowledgments
Essay on Sources
Index
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Cayton's graceful, arresting narrative is grounded in primary and secondary sources, including classics by Emma Lou Thornbrough and Bernard Knollenberg, James Madison's The Indiana Way (CH, Jan'87), and new studies from such scholars as Richard White and Gregory Evans Dowd. Spanning 1700-1850 in ten chapters and an epilogue, Cayton's first-rate study interprets the successive worlds of the Miami (1700-1754), then of individuals whose experiences epitomized unfolding chapters of Indiana frontier history. With a keen ear for the revealing anecdote and apt quotation, the author treats the world of George Croghan (1750-1777); the village of Vincennes (1765-1777); the milieus of George Rogers Clark (1778-1787), Josiah Harmar, and John Francis Hamtramck (1787-1790); Little Turtle (1790-1795); Anna Tuthill Symmes Harrison (wife of William Henry Harrison, 1795-1810); Tenskwatawa (1795-1811); Jonathan Jennings (1800-1816); and the end of the frontier (1816-1850). Along the way readers discover figures such as John and William Conner, the early rivalry between Centerville and Richmond, an explanation of why Indiana remained a state of small towns and farms until the latter half of the 20th century, and the basis for understanding one of the more interesting states of the Union. Fine illustrations, maps. All levels.D. W. Steeples, Mercer University, Choice, February 1997 "Extremely readable and exciting treatments of the region during the 18th and 19th centuries." -The Annals of Iowa "Andrew Cayton has contributed another valuable addition to the historical literature on the Old Northwest... a finely textured social history." -Michigan Historical Review "Cayton's book will give pleasure to anyone who wants to know more about Indiana and its peoples, and will also be appreciated by scholars for its perceptive analyses and for its incorporation of recent research on a variety of topics." -Journal of the Early Republic "A superb introduction to the latest scholarship on American frontiers." -William and Mary Quarterly "... excellent... valuable contributions to both the general and the informed reader." -American Historical Review "The research and scholarship that went into the work are excellent; so good, in fact, that the book should be on the required text list for all Transappalachian frontier courses." -History
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About Andrew R. L. Cayton

Andrew R. L. Cayton is Professor of History at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He is author of The Frontier Republic: Ideology and Politics in Ohio Country, 1780-1825 and, with Peter S. Onuf, The Midwest and the Nation: Rethinking the History of an American Region.
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