Ohio, The Rivers of America  by R.E. Banta 1949 w/Dust Jacket

Ohio, The Rivers of America by R.E. Banta 1949 w/Dust Jacket

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Ohio, The Rivers of America by R.E. Banta 1949 w/Dust Jacket
Rivers of America The Ohio by R.E. Banta 1949 w/Dust Jacket 592 Pages

The Ohio, thirty-ninth in the Rivers of America Books, is a worthy addition to that series. Well written, interestingly narrated, and historically authentic, Mr. Banta has painted a bold and sweeping canvas of the Ohio Valley and its inhabitants from earliest times to about 1865. Written largely from careful notes taken over twenty years, he speaks with authority and affection of a valley he knows intimately as home.
This book is much more than a history of the river: it is a moving account of the regions drained by it and its tributaries since the days of the mastedon; of its anthropology through the Knoll, Adena and Hopewell cultures, and of the Indian tribes which succeeded them.
This book is a long series of brilliant vignettes skillfully woven together into a unified whole. The author has the splendid ability of compressing history into compact but comprehensive strands which skillfully he weaves into narrative. He is a thorough master of his subject and is equally at home with Gist, Girty, George Rogers Clark, Rafinesque, George Rapp, John Brown, and Matthew Harris Jouett. His sprightly account is interspersed with significant data: this reader was surprised to find that Ohio-river tonnage in 1947 exceeded anything in its previous history (41,396,798 tons) and is still increasing (p. 516); that mine layers, mine sweepers, LSTs and drydocks, built at Pittsburgh and other ports high on the Ohio, were exported via New Orleans for war on the seven seas (p. 520).
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