A man of distinction among them : Alexander McKee and the Ohio country frontier, 1754-1799 /
Larry L. Nelson.
Kent, Ohio ; London, England : Kent State University Press, c1999.
xv, 262 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
0873386205 (cloth : alk. paper)
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Kent, Ohio ; London, England : Kent State University Press, c1999.
0873386205 (cloth : alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 229-251) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2000-02:
Nelson's book is part of the growing literature on the roles of the "cultural mediator." The subject is a man who belonged in several different cultures: Indian (specifically Shawnee), the American Colonial white frontier culture, the official British Indian Department bureaucracy, the emerging Canadian loyalist frontier community, and that of a low-level British functionary seeking to enter the new Canadian aristocracy of Upper Canada. Nelson is familiar and at ease with recent social science terminology and uses it well. However, this reviewer had the feeling that much of the terminology has been grafted onto a standard biography of a multicultural figure. The first chapter, which establishes the "cultural mediator" literature and base and fits McKee well into that mold, is difficult but essential reading. Thereafter, isolated sentences and paragraphs that conclude chapters reemphasize this interpretation. The book has an intellectual unity even though its protagonist moved through several careers. It is valuable in part because the author does not interpret men such as McKee as "half breeds," "marginal men," or in other deprecatory terms. Recommended for upper-division undergraduates and above. E. R. Fingerhut; emeritus, California State University, Los Angeles
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Table of Contents
Prefacep. ix
Cultural Mediation, Cultural Exchange, and the Invention Of the Ohio Frontierp. 1
From the Susquehanna To The Ohio, 1735-1763p. 24
From Commissary to Agent Indian Affairs Land Speculation, And The Fur Trade, 1764-1772p. 42
Dunmore's War 1772-1774p. 65
The Revolutionary War 1775-1778p. 89
The Revolutionary War 1778-1783p. 105
Land Acquisition Public Affairs, and Politics 1783-1799p. 133
Indian Affairs 1783-1794p. 149
The Peaceful Frontier 1795-1799p. 178
Notesp. 189
Bibliographyp. 229
Indexp. 253
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