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Frontier Indiana
Cayton, Andrew R. L. (Andrew Robert Lee), 1954-
First paperback edition.
Publication Information:
Bloomington : Indiana University Press, 1998.

Physical Description:
xii, 340 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
General Note:
Includes bibliographical references (p. [318]-330) and index.
The world of the Miami, 1700-1754 -- The world of George Croghan, 1750-1777 -- The village of Vincennes, 1765-1777 -- The world of George Rogers Clark, 1778-1787 -- The world of Josiah Harmar and John Francis Hamtramck, 1787-1790 -- The world of Little Turtle, 1790-1795 -- The world of Anna Tuthill Symmes Harrison, 1795-1810 -- The world of Tenskwatawa, 1795-1811 -- The world of Jonathan Jennings, 1800-1816 -- The end of the frontier, 1816-1850 -- Epilogue: "This country of liberty."
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Frontier Indiana

Andrew R. L. Cayton

The research and scholarship that went into the work are excellent; so good, in fact, that the book should be on the required text list for all Transappalachian frontier courses." --History

Cayton's lively new history of the frontier period in Indiana puts the focus on people, on how they lived, how they viewed their world, and what motivated them. Here are the stories of Sieur de Vincennes, John Francis Hamtramck, Little Turtle, Anna Tuthill Symmes Harrison, Tenskwatawa, Calvin Fletcher--along with many more familiar (and not so familiar) early Hoosiers.

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A History of the Trans-Appalachian Frontier
1996; 360 pages, 20 b&w photos, 2 maps, index, 6 x 9
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Author Notes

Andrew R. L. Cayton is Professor of History at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He is author of The Frontier Republic: Ideology and Politics in Ohio Country, 1780-1825 and, with Peter S. Onuf, The Midwest and the Nation: Rethinking the History of an American Region.

Reviews 2

Library Journal Review

In this readable history, Cayton (The Frontier Republic, Kent State Univ., 1986) traces the development of Indiana from 1700, when the Miami tribe dominated the region, to 1850 and the end of the frontier. While some scholars might quibble with Cayton's definition and use of the term frontier, he does succeed in producing an enjoyable narrative history of the people who occupied Indiana for 150 years. While not as encompassing as James H. Madison's Indiana Way (Indiana Univ./Indiana Historical Society, 1986), this title focuses on some of the individuals involved in key aspects of Indiana history. Cayton admits that the people he includes are not necessarily those who played the most pivotal roles but are those about whom there is ample source material. He nonetheless provides a balanced perspective and never lapses into the "great man" notion of history. At times, though, one does lose a sense of the broader context in which some of these individuals lived. For the serious reader, the bibliographic essay is particularly good. Recommended for general readers and academic libraries.‘Daniel D. Liestman, Seattle Pacific Univ. Lib., Kent, Wash. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

Cayton's graceful, arresting narrative is grounded in primary and secondary sources, including classics by Emma Lou Thornbrough and Bernard Knollenberg, James Madison's The Indiana Way (CH, Jan'87), and new studies from such scholars as Richard White and Gregory Evans Dowd. Spanning 1700-1850 in ten chapters and an epilogue, Cayton's first-rate study interprets the successive worlds of the Miami (1700-1754), then of individuals whose experiences epitomized unfolding chapters of Indiana frontier history. With a keen ear for the revealing anecdote and apt quotation, the author treats the world of George Croghan (1750-1777); the village of Vincennes (1765-1777); the milieus of George Rogers Clark (1778-1787), Josiah Harmar, and John Francis Hamtramck (1787-1790); Little Turtle (1790-1795); Anna Tuthill Symmes Harrison (wife of William Henry Harrison, 1795-1810); Tenskwatawa (1795-1811); Jonathan Jennings (1800-1816); and the end of the frontier (1816-1850). Along the way readers discover figures such as John and William Conner, the early rivalry between Centerville and Richmond, an explanation of why Indiana remained a state of small towns and farms until the latter half of the 20th century, and the basis for understanding one of the more interesting states of the Union. Fine illustrations, maps. All levels. D. W. Steeples Mercer University

Table of Contents

ForewordWalter Nugent and Malcolm J. Rohrbough
1 The World of the Miami, 1700-1754
2 The World of George Croghan, 1750-1777
3 The Village of Vincennes, 1765-1777
4 The World of George Rogers Clark, 1778-1787
5 The World of Josiah Harmar John Francis Hamtramck, 1787-1790
6 The World of Little Turtle, 1790-1795
7 The World of Anna Tuthill Symmes Harrison, 1795-1810
8 The World of Tenskwatawa, 1795-1811
9 The World of Jonathan Jennings, 1800-1816
10 The End of the Frontier, 1816-1850
Epilogue: OThis Country of LibertyO
Essay on Sources