MICHAEL BEAM by Richard Matthews Hallet
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Well above average, this frontier story of Michael Beam, of Chillicothe, Ohio, who was forced because of his stand on states' rights to join the trader, Dan Bourasser, on his journeyings to the wilds, as winterer for the American Fur Company out of Mackinaw Island. He left the new young state he loved: he left the highborn girl he loved; and he learned to become part of the wilderness, to understand the Indians whose life he often shared, and finally to make his mark as a man, the founder of a new settlement, Sorry Crossing, half way between Chicago and St. Louis. A sturdy, lusty tale of pioneering; a picture of the period when the Indian wars were complicated by the interrelations of whites and Indians, in friendship and in love. Good Americana.

Pub Date: Oct. 17th, 1939
Publisher: Houghton, Mifflin