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May 2005
The Frontiersmen
by Allan W. Eckert

Allan W. Eckert’s The Frontiersmen, an extensively researched history written in narrative form, takes on the task of telling the story of the volatile time between 1770 and 1813. Even as revolution was creating a new nation called America, its people were pushing relentlessly westward, claiming vast new territories that brought them into often violent conflict with the numerous Native American tribes already inhabiting those territories. The book is structured as a dual biography of Simon Kenton, an explorer who became a legendary figure on the frontier both for his hunting and tracking skills and for his ability to withstand amazing amounts of physical torture, and Shawnee chief Tecumseh, who was equally revered by his own people as a battle hero, leader, and prophet. Detailed, exciting, and sometimes graphic in its depiction of brutalities on both sides, Eckert’s dramatic history chronicles the births of Kentucky, Ohio, and other states while illuminating the terrible price that was paid in lives as well as in the devastation of entire Indian cultures.


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Allan W. Eckert
1931-

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Allan Eckert and Writing Style, an essay by Mike Nagle, an instructor at West Shore Community College in Michigan


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