David McCullough’s “The Pioneers” is simply wonderful. Mr. McCullough is among a group of historians you have literally changed American history over the last half-century. What I learned in high school and college back in the 70’s and 80’s, is to a large extent irrelevant, so completely has the revision been, and continues to be.
“The Pioneers”is the story of the settling of the Northwest territory (Ohio) by a group of conscientious, hard working pioneers… Many of who were members of the Revolutionary War and families from the New England area of the country. Included in their constitution (The Northwest Ordinance) were the extraordinary conditions of freedom of religion, free universal education, and the prohibition of slavery. The story is told through the eyes of five individuals spanning the years from 1786 to 1864. It is enthralling, uplifting, and a testimony to the power and creativity of the American spirit, and in the hands of Mr McCullough it is poetic and beautiful. Highly recommend.