This book recounts the story of Hannah, whose family is closely associated with that of the great pioneer, Daniel Boone. Her father follows Boone to the wilderness fortress at Boonesborough and shares in many of his adventures. The story emphasizes the daily activities of pioneer life in a remote fortification, but also touches on historical events related to the siege of Boonesborough in 1778.
The author of this series of stories for children has endeavored simply to show why and how the descendants of the early colonists fought their way through the wilderness in search of new homes. The several narratives deal with the struggles of those adventurous people who forced their way westward, ever westward, whether in hope of gain or in answer to "the call of the wild," and who, in so doing, wrote their names with their blood across this country of ours from the Ohio to the Columbia.
To excite in the hearts of the young people of this land a desire to know more regarding the building up of this great nation, and at the same time to entertain in such a manner as may stimulate to noble deeds, is the real aim of these stories. In them there is nothing of romance, but only a careful, truthful record of the part played by children in the great battles with those forces, human as well as natural, which, for so long a time, held a vast portion of this broad ,land against the advance of home seekers.
With the knowledge of what has been done by our own people in our own land, surely there is no reason why one should resort to fiction in order to depict scenes of heroism, daring, and sublime disregard of suffering in nearly every form.
Books Consulted in Writing
Hannah of Kentucky
|ABBOTT, JOHN S.C.: Daniel Boone. Dodd, Mead & Co.|
|BRUCE, H. ADDINGTON: Daniel Boone and the Wilderness Road. Macmillan Co.|
|COLLINS, R. H.: History of Kentucky. Collins & Co.|
|CONNELLY, EMMA M.Story of Kentucky. Lothrop, Lee, and Shepard Co.|
|DRAKE, DANIEL : Pioneer Life in Kentucky. Robert Clarke Co.|
|DRAKE, SAMUEL ADEMS: Making of the Ohio Valley States. Charles Scribner's Sons.|
|ELLET, MRS.: Pioneer Women of the West. John C. Winston Co.|
|HURLBERT, A. B.: Boone's Wilderness Road. The Arthur H. Clark Co.|
|KINKEAD, ELIZABETH SHELBY: History of Kentucky. American Book Co.|
|PERRY, FRANCES M.: Four American Pioneers. American Book Co.|
|ROOSEVELT, THEODORE: Winning of the West. G. P. Putnam's Sons.|
|SMITH, Z. F.: History of Kentucky. Courier-Journal Co.|