Thursday, December 24, 2015

Coming Home On Christmas Eve

The pioneers, or, The sources of the Susquehanna, a descriptive tale, by James Fenimore Cooper, is featured below:

"Our tale begins in 1793, about seven years after the commencement of one of the earliest of those settlements, which have conduced to effect that magical change in the power and condition of the state, to which we have alluded."

See commentary about this novel in "Reading The Pioneers as History."

Chapter 1: [Prelude] Lyrical description of the headwaters of the Delaware and Susquehanna Rivers, and their present (1823) economic and social prosperity. On Dec. 24, 1793, the widowed Judge Marmaduke Temple is bringing his only daughter Elizabeth home to Templeton (Cooperstown) from boarding school in New York...".

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