Autumn of the Black Snake

snakeIn this true story, author William Hogeland tells how native raids on the Ohio frontier led to the creation our first standing army.   In 1791, the escalating conflict between settlers and the Shawnee, Miami and Deleware tribes climaxed in the grisly defeat of  a state militia sent to suppress them.  George Washington and Alexander Hamilton used that defeat to raise support for a standing army.  This was no slam dunk, as they faced popular resistance from “state sovereigntists” like Patrick Henry.   Hoagland offers an “entertaining” but “devastatingly accurate” telling of an important turning point in our history (Salon).

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