When New England pastor, lawyer and doctor Manasseh Cutler, 45, set out in 1787 for Congress in New York, he was making history: urging passage of the Northwest Ordinance, guaranteeing that the new Ohio territory – where his sons later settled – would ban slavery. By 1850, after deprivation, struggle and conflict, frontiersmen in Ohio opened the doors for many more pioneers. Historian David McCullough’s gripping, smoothly written story details the vision, endurance and eccentricities of the first pioneers. Though his account of the Native American perspective has stirred critique, McCullough set out to create a compelling pioneer narrative and in that he has greatly succeeded.
About the Author
Winner of two Pulitzer Prizes and two National Book Awards David McCullough is also a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. His books include The American Spirit: Who We Are and What We Stand For and The Wright Brothers.