(E–pub/Kindle) [Look to the Mountain]
Uritan colonies in MA Last year I read A Midwife s Tale The Life Of Martha Life of Martha Based on Her Diary 1785 1812 and found that non fiction accounting of post revolutionary Maine described a very different New England than my school books did Likewise this epic novel captures a very different culture as it describes an early pioneering family as they settle in northern New Hampshire The period is immediate pre Revolution and into the first years of the war The daily lives of these 18th century settlers are spared Revolution and into the first years of the war The daily lives of these 18th century settlers are spared detail I think of it in comparison to the western plains settlers and there is uite a contrast More rocks logs no horses and a lot of hard work The paucity of talk stoicism reliance on signs and spells no religion seems to characterize the people This was a uniue place and culture and one I new little about In the 2 years I have completed 50 state challenges I have learned about the Diversity of the United States than I ever did in school I think I would adopt this challenge in schools to better teach American culture history and literature I read this
after completing 2 books set just a little later in the history of American colonization The Book of Women and She Would Be King The first is about Jamaican slavery and the second the exodus of blacks from America to createsettle Liberia Look to the Mountain and the settlement of New Hampshire in contrast is culturally isolated from the rest of the Americas and its history Reading this book at the same time as the other two makes me just think about that diversity and how isolated groups were In New Hampshire traveling 100 miles meant walking or canoeing and carrying 50 100 pound packs if you were going to settle in the wilderness Pioneers as they were called were suspect because they were walking away from something good solid families stayed put The universe was small and limited to where you could walk and where you were lucky enough to survive pretty much alone or as a small nuclear family You could go your entire life and probably come in contact with less than 200 people You did not get news or newspapers or much information at all that wasn t dated manipulated or just plain incorrect Reading this well researched book gives one a feel for what this would have been like For historical fiction lovers this is a strong recommendation. L of the novel It is an enthralling epic of the men and women who settled the New England wildernes. .
book after completing 2 books set just a little later in the history of American colonization The Book of
I really enjoyed seeing a picture of Revolutionary War era New England from a pi0neer s perspective The dialect tools work medicine and civic structure are so different from today How inspiring to read about a couple who builds a farm in the untamed woods of New Hampshire from nearly nothing My father liked this book originally published
1942 BUT REPRINTED FREUENTLY OVER THEbut reprinted freuently over the and I read it years ago but reread it recently paying attention to the historical elements A wonderful depiction of early settlement on the New England frontier There are a few scenes in this book that I remember vividly from my first reading of it over 20 years ago remember vividly from my first reading of it over 20 years ago it stays on the favorites list When I googled it I learned it had been nominated for the Pulitzer PrizeIt s about young Whit and Melissa Livingston their courtship trials before finally being married and heading north to be the first pioneers to settle the town of Tamworth New Hampshire It s got an authentic ring to it from old customs and beliefs to how they traveled and hunted and built homes even how they fought the British I really got a feel for what life was like in colonial times the book covers 1769 to 1777 The characters of Whit and Melissa were genuine so real to me It s a great tale told with love If you love New England as I do you will appreciate Look To The Mountain I assigned this to my US history students for summer reading Whit and Melissa are newlywed teens he s 19 and she s 16 in 1769 New Hampshire They set out with all of their wordly goods and a canoe to pioneer in a new township in north central New Hampshire Province Through seven seasons they clear
land build a log cabin grow Indian corn and potatoes hay and rye add chickens oxen and childrenbuild a log cabin grow Indian corn and potatoes hay and rye add chickens oxen and children their family and slowly welcome neighbors to their wilderness home The impact of the American Revolution is slight on these folks until General Bourgoyne takes Fort Ticonderoga and lets loose the Mohawk Nation on the settlers Whit s war consists of one battle at Bennington in what was then part of New Hampshire The uintessential American character is revealed as these tough self sufficient independent people celebrate their ability to make it on their own And always the untamed mountain of the title looms above the township beckoning hunter and adventurer alike There were parts of this I really. Published first in 1942 it has remained in print appearing in seven different editions with two doz.