Providing glimpses into the lives of ordinary people in 19th-century America and into the history of the nation's settlement, this work tells the story of the author's six-week journey by skiff along the Ohio river. He covered 1000 miles from Redstone, Pennsylvania, to Cairo, Ilinois, where the Ohio river meets the Mississippi. Thwaite's voyage echoes those taken by early explorers, pioneers, and settlers who opened up the West through river travel from the East. This edition is a reprinting of the original 1897 edition.
Journalist, librarian, and editor Reuben Gold Thwaites (18531913) was managing editor of the Wisconsin State Journal and secretary of the Wisconsin State Historical Society. A prolific editor and writer, he edited the Jesuit Relations and Allied Documents (73 volumes) and Original Journals of the Lewis and Clark Expedition (8 volumes) and wrote France in America, 14971763 and Wisconsin: The Americanization of a French Settlement."