In the American Grain - Study Guide The Discovery of Kentucky Summary & Analysis

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Opening with gratitude for the birth of "the great voluptuary," Daniel Boone, Williams describes the conditions and attitudes of the settlers. He continues his evaluation of the people as "niggardly" and likens them to a "withering plague." He then describes their suffering, their looking toward the west with fear, and, at the same time, their residual experience with savagery that kept them from venturing beyond the Appalachians. Boone was born into this atmosphere, he continues, a frontiersman and pioneer like none other of his day. The writer then challenges the mistaken impressions of Boone's character, refuting impressions of him as "that riff-raff of hunters . . . a link between the savage and the settler." Instead, Williams writes, Boone was mild, simple-hearted, steady, not impulsive in courage, and not like the others: that "wretched"...

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