Tales about the Settlement
of the American Land
Scott Russell Sanders
paperback, 128 pages, 5" by 7 1/2"
is made up of fifty brief tales that chronicle the period of settlement
of the Ohio Valley, roughly 1780 to 1850. Beginning with the discovery
of the Ohio River by LaSalle and ending with the Civil War, this
region was the West, the exciting new frontier.
Written with power
and compression of folklore, these tales bring to life the unmemorialized
common folks who carried out this epic adventure.
Our ancestors went
through very much the same trials everywhere, from New England
to California to Alaska. They wrestled with the land and its inhabitants
for more than two centuries before there were any cities of industries
to speak of, and since we have all been shaped by that prolonged
wrestling, this encounter with the wilderness is one of the deepest,
truest, and most abiding subjects in our literature.