As you all know, I carry some deep ambivalence about this digital platform we share. Make no mistake I am deeply gratified that we have created a digital campfire here at Frontier Partisans — it’s the dark wilderness outside that circle of light that raises my hackles. Had an interesting conversation with a relatively new freelancer at The Nugget who was an early Internet journalist. She recalled how full of excitement she and her cohorts were at the prospect of this new technology connecting people and making the world a better place. She is now deeply skeptical of the digital world and its impact, especially on young people.
Well, my fellow Frontier Partisans, this right here is a reminder of the early promise…
An academic name of Andrew Offenburger has gifted us with an archive of the research notes from John Mack Faragher’s seminal 1992 biography of Daniel Boone.
Browse and search nearly 5,000 research notes that provide insight into the world of Daniel Boone, settlers, and Native Americans along the trans-Appalachian frontier of the 18th and 19th centuries.
Oh my my. Oh hell yes.
Not only is this a treasure trove of Faragher’s original source research, it’s also a rare glimpse into the process by which an ace historian shapes wide-ranging research into a cogent work.
Of course, I immediately searched the 29 entries under “Simon Kenton,” Boone’s friend and savior. Which gives me an excuse to re-run Steve White’s painting…