Form and Content

(Critical Edition of Young Adult Fiction)

In Daniel Boone, James Daugherty presents not only a biography but also an important source of American history. The book spans Boone’s entire life, ranging from his birth in Pennsylvania to his death in St. Louis. In between, Boone is portrayed as a farmer, trapper, frontiersman, military leader, political leader, and humanitarian. Daugherty’s words are complemented by the magnificent colored lithographs that are reproduced on almost every other page.

The book contains five chapters. The first, entitled “Of a Frontier Family,” depicts Boone’s early life in Pennsylvania, where he lived with his ten brothers and sisters. Early in his life, he served as one of a hundred North Carolina riflemen and came in contact with the British general Edward Braddock and the young American colonel George Washington. Although Boone returned to farming after his military service, a trapping expedition with Finley, a comrade-in-arms, revealed the lure of land that was still farther west for Boone.

The second chapter, “Transylvania,” describes how Richard Henderson, a colonel and judge, acquired two million acres from the Cherokees that was west of the Cumberland Mountains. Boone was to cut the Wilderness Road to Kentucky, and Henderson would persuade the Continental Congress to admit Transylvania as a state in the new government. Thomas Jefferson, Samuel Adams, and Benjamin Franklin were not in favor of this proposal, so the land was...

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(Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults)

Daniel Boone opens in the 1740s, when Boone is a young boy living with his family in Berks County, Pennsylvania. Dismayed by the...

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Literary Qualities

(Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults)

Written by an excellent storyteller, this fast-paced narrative presents only the most exciting and important episodes in Boone's life. The...

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Social Sensitivity

(Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults)

America's social consciousness about the white settlers' treatment of Native Americans has changed dramatically in the fifty years since...

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Topics for Discussion

(Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults)

1. Although Daniel Boone is involved in battles with various Native American tribes for most of his life, he does not seem to hate them, as...

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Ideas for Reports and Papers

(Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults)

1. Early in his life, Boone was a member of General Braddock's expedition against Fort Duquesne during the French and Indian Wars. George...

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Related Titles / Adaptations

(Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults)

Daugherty's favorite subjects were distinctively American. He wrote about the settlement of America in The Landing of the Pilgrims and...

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For Further Reference

(Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults)

Bakeless, John. Daniel Boone. 1939. Harrisburg, PA: Stackpole, 1965. This very readable work, based on extensive research, probably...

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