The First Frontier

The First Frontier

The Forgotten History of Struggle, Savagery, and Endurance in Early America

Book - 2012
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Frontier : the word carries the inevitable scent of the West. But before Custer or Lewis and Clark, before the first Conestoga wagons rumbled across the Plains, it was the East that marked the frontier--the boundary between complex Native cultures and the first colonizing Europeans.

Here is the older, wilder, darker history of a time when the land between the Atlantic and the Appalachians was contested ground--when radically different societies adopted and adapted the ways of the other, while struggling for control of what all considered to be their land.

The First Frontier traces two and a half centuries of history through poignant, mostly unheralded personal stories--like that of a Harvard-educated Indian caught up in seventeenth-century civil warfare, a mixed-blood interpreter trying to straddle his white and Native heritage, and a Puritan woman wielding a scalping knife whose bloody deeds still resonate uneasily today. It is the first book in years to paint a sweeping picture of the Eastern frontier, combining vivid storytelling with the latest research to bring to life modern America's tumultuous, uncertain beginnings.

Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012.
ISBN: 9780151015153
0151015155
Branch Call Number: 974 Weidensa 01/2012
Characteristics: xxi, 474 p. :,ill., maps ;,24 cm.

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caroljackson
Feb 10, 2014

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kalbert01
Jul 05, 2013

How intriguing and informative the introduction is! Histories such as this will give us the perspective we need to understand from where we have come so as to make conscious choices now to create a vibrant and peaceful future for everyone.

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windcyclist
Dec 16, 2012

Here is the older, wilder, darker history of a time when the land between the Atlantic and the Appalachians was contested ground - when radically different societies adopted and adapted the ways of the other, while struggling for control of what all considered to be their land.

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