David McCullough is hard at work on his next bookHistorians in the News
tags: David McCullough
... Now 83, he’s deep into his next book, “The Pioneers.” Scheduled to be published in 2019, it chronicles the early settlement of what was known as “the Old Northwest” – a territory that included the future states of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan and Wisconsin.
A 1787 Congressional ordinance replaced the claims of the original states to western lands, and McCullough said the first waves of settlers were from Massachusetts – among them, Revolutionary War veterans and their families.
“This was their second chance – a new country, in effect,” he said. “There was nothing there but bears and panthers and rattlesnakes and Indians. If you go there now, it looks like New England.”
He does his research and writing in a separate study behind the house. As he did in years past on Martha’s Vineyard and in the Back Bay, he composes first drafts on his beloved 1940 Royal manual typewriter, which he bought for $50 in the early 1960s.
“If I quit using it, it would quit writing my books,” he quipped. ...
comments powered by Disqus
- ‘Make it right’: Descendants of slaves demand restitution from Georgetown
- See How Trump's Approval Rating Stacks Up Against Other Presidents After One Year
- Bayeux Tapestry to be displayed in Britain
- From prudish Victorians to arrows in the eye – 10 things from history everyone gets wrong
- State lawmaker files bill to remove Virginia's Robert E. Lee statue from U.S. Capitol
- George Will goes after liberal historian David Goldfield
- Stephen F. Cohen continues to berate Democrats for “demonizing Russia”
- Historian Taner Akçam’s new book includes "smoking gun" of Armenian Genocide
- Historian Antony Beevor “Astonished" At Ukraine Ban On His Best-Selling Book, “Stalingrad”
- Robert Caro says he’s reached 1966 in his next book on LBJ