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David McCullough

The Pioneers by David McCullough Book Summary

The #1 New York Times bestseller by Pulitzer Prize–winning historian David McCullough rediscovers an important chapter in the American story that’s “as resonant today as ever” (The Wall Street Journal)—the settling of the Northwest Territory by courageous pioneers who overcame incredible hardships to build a community based on ideals that would define our country.

As part of the Treaty of Paris, in which Great Britain recognized the new United States of America, Britain ceded the land that comprised the immense Northwest Territory, a wilderness empire northwest of the Ohio River containing the future states of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, and Wisconsin. A Massachusetts minister named Manasseh Cutler was instrumental in opening this vast territory to veterans of the Revolutionary War and their families for settlement. Included in the Northwest Ordinance were three remarkable conditions: freedom of religion, free universal education, and most importantly, the prohibition of slavery. In 1788 the first band of pioneers set out from New England for the Northwest Territory under the leadership of Revolutionary War veteran General Rufus Putnam. They settled in what is now Marietta on the banks of the Ohio River.

McCullough tells the story through five major characters: Cutler and Putnam; Cutler’s son Ephraim; and two other men, one a carpenter turned architect, and the other a physician who became a prominent pioneer in American science. “With clarity and incisiveness, [McCullough] details the experience of a brave and broad-minded band of people who crossed raging rivers, chopped down forests, plowed miles of land, suffered incalculable hardships, and braved a lonely frontier to forge a new American ideal” (The Providence Journal).

Drawn in great part from a rare and all-but-unknown collection of diaries and letters by the key figures, The Pioneers is a uniquely American story of people whose ambition and courage led them to remarkable accomplishments. “A tale of uplift” (The New York Times Book Review), this is a quintessentially American story, written with David McCullough’s signature narrative energy.

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Book Name The Pioneers
Genre U.S. History
Language English
E-Book Size 115.05 MB

The Pioneers (David McCullough) Book Reviews 2024

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Going to read again. This is a fantastic book that kept me engaged with the unique stories. Would recommend

Disappointing. As an Ohio native, I thought this book would be of interest. However, I found it boring for the most part. And then it ended! Cannot recommend sadly

Slow Start, Strong Finish. This started off a bit slow; but then like a stream building to a creek and then a river - McCullough pulls you into the narrative. Some truly admirable people settled the Ohio valley area. I’m now on the lookout for more books about the local tribes (Hopewell communities) as well as the immigrants. Highly recommended.

Skimming, Skimming. I love history, but this book is a major snooze fest.

Another Success. DM again captivates his readers with insightful prose and masterful storytelling. If you’re a fan of DM, you’ll be a fan of “The Pioneers”.

Another amazing book. I found this book engrossing and filled with new and unfamiliar stories. Even for history buffs this story will surprise with many events and personalities left untouched in other histories and is told with the easy and captivating quality McCullough so regularly delivers.

The Pioneers. Utterly boring. So much detail it lacks any enjoyment to read. Too bad as I love DM's work.

Missing In Action. This book would not open on my MacBook Pro. Spent to much time on the phone with helpful Apple Support, but they couldn’t get it to work. Hope this gets resolved, as I’m looking forward to reading another McCullough book!

Good book. Good book to read about a little known side of pioneers moving west.

Boring. Tedious. Uninteresting. No where near the grandeur of his other magnificent reads.. Too much boring detail.

Pioneers. Great history background of our early Pioneers.

The pioneer. Good book on history of Ohio.not to exciting.but good.

A well…. …written book, as usual. Unfortunately it is about the stealing of America by people who thought they had a right to take … by any means..what did not belong to them.

The Pioneers. The Pioneers is a great book. The story of the early settlements on the Ohio river. A wonderful and interesting history lesson full of historical names. It answers the question;; Who was Johnny Appleseed! A great read.

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The propaganda on the nonfiction here are insane considering. Came to understand more about the multitude of ways my country moves through the world causing chaos and suffering from Congo to Sudan to Palestine. Instead the front page shelves are full of Asymmetrical histories much like myths the American school system indoctrinated me to believe. All there there to convince me to look away from genocides and child forced into slavery because Apple in Congo. How about uplifting stories nobody knows about?

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The The Pioneers book written by David McCullough was published on 07 May 2019, Tuesday in the U.S. History category. A total of 913 readers of the book gave the book 4 points out of 5.

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