In New Englanders on the Ohio Frontier, Virginia and Robert McCormick examine the founding and development of Worthington to show how it reflects New England culture transplanted and reshaped by the western frontier. Despite Indian alarms during the War of 1812, failure to secure the seat of the state capital, and the economic depression that followed the banking collapse of 1819, Worthington prospered and grew. This case study of one community provides a perspective from which historians can better understand the process of westward migration and frontier settlement.
Virginia E. McCormick served on the faculties of Pennsylvania State University, Iowa State University, and, most recently, Ohio State University. Her previous books include Farm Wife: A Self Portrait, 1886-1896 and Scioto Company Descendants: Genealogies of the Original Proprietors of Worthington, Ohio. Robert W. McCormick is professor emeritus and former assistant vice president for continuing education at Ohio State University. He is the author of Cockney: The Story of the 696th Armored Field Artillery Battalion in World War II. The McCormicks are coauthors of A. B. Graham: Country Schoolmaster and Extension Pioneer; Worthington Landmarks: Photo-Essays of Historic Worthington Properties; and Probing Worthington's Heritage.