The Taking of Jemima Boone: The True Story of the Kidnap and Rescue That Shaped America

The Taking of Jemima Boone: The True Story of the Kidnap and Rescue That Shaped America

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On a quiet midsummer day in 1776, weeks after the signing of the Declaration of Independence, thirteen-year-old Jemima Boone and her friends Betsy and Fanny Callaway disappear near the Kentucky settlement of Boonesboro, the echoes of their faraway screams lingering on the air.

A Cherokee-Shawnee raiding party has taken the girls as the latest salvo in the blood feud between American Indians and the colonial settlers who have decimated native lands and resources. Hanging Maw, the raiders’ leader, recognizes one of the captives as Jemima Boone, daughter of Kentucky's most influential pioneers, and realizes she could be a valuable pawn in the battle to drive the colonists out of the contested Kentucky territory for good.

With Daniel Boone and his posse in pursuit, Hanging Maw devises a plan that could ultimately bring greater peace both to the tribes and the colonists. But after the girls find clever ways to create a trail of clues, the raiding party is ambushed by Boone and the rescuers in a battle with reverberations that nobody could predict. As Matthew Pearl reveals, the exciting story of Jemima Boone’s kidnapping vividly illuminates the early days of America’s westward expansion, and the violent and tragic clashes across cultural lines that ensue.

In this enthralling narrative in the tradition of Candice Millard and David Grann, Matthew Pearl unearths a forgotten and dramatic series of events from early in the Revolutionary War that opens a window into America’s transition from colony to nation, with the heavy moral costs incurred amid shocking new alliances and betrayals.

Title:The Taking of Jemima Boone: The True Story of the Kidnap and Rescue That Shaped America
ISBN:9780062937780
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    The Taking of Jemima Boone: The True Story of the Kidnap and Rescue That Shaped America Reviews

  • Darla

    At about the same time that the Declaration of Independence was being signed, three young girls were kidnapped by American Indians near the Boonesboro, the first established settlement in Kentucky ter...

  • Caren

    As a native Kentuckian, I grew up feeling that Daniel Boone was a sort of mythical hero. His statue graces the entrance to Louisville's scenic walking loop through one of the city's most beautiful par...

  • Michael Burke

    "The Taking of Jemima Boone" by Matthew Pearl is a fresh and exciting account of one of American history's heroes. Daniel Boone's legend had its own 1960's tv series, its own theme song, even its own ...

  • Diane S ?

    3.5 thoughts soon....

  • Nancy

    In 1764, my sixth-great-grandparents were murdered and scalped. The story is told how eight natives led by a white man came into the Shenandoah Valley to rob settlers, who were Swiss Brethren. After t...

  • Charlene

    4.5 . . . very good story of Boonesborough, KY in its earliest days. The focus of the book is really Daniel Boone & his relationships with the area Indians but author does excellent job of showing how...

  • Glen

    I won this book in a goodreads drawing.The day I got this book in the mail, a video went viral showing a guy trying to abduct a five year old boy right in front of his mother...in New York City. The m...

  • Ray Palen

    Many readers may not be aware that the legendary pioneer and American Revolutionary, Daniel Boone, had a daughter who was at one point equally as famous. Shortly following the 1776 celebration of the ...

  • David

    This biography of the Daniel Boone family begins with the abduction of his 13 year old daughter, Jemima, by Shawnee Indians. Boone and a small group of frontiersmen track the Shawnee party for several...

  • Suellen

    • Thank you to Harper and NetGalley for providing this Advance Reading Copy. Expected publication date is October 5, 2021.Did you know Daniel Boone‘s daughter was kidnapped? Well she was, in 1776 ...