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Marshall, Humphrey. The History of Kentucky. Frankfort: Geo. S. Robinson, printer, 1824.

Marshall’s history of Kentucky is largely a military history of the western border of the United States. Following the end of the American Revolution, claims to the Northwest Territory — now Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, and part of Minnesota — were unsettled between the U.S. and Great Britain. Indigenous tribes lived in the region, and from 1791-1794 a confederation of tribes, led by Miami chief Little Turtle, attempted to push settlers out of the Northwest Territory. Marshall’s account attempts to dehumanize Indigenous people, generally omitting their names and referring to them as “the enemy.” U.S. claim to the Northwest Territory was solidified with the Treaty of Greenville, in which the Miami were forced to cede their territory, and Jay’s Treaty with Great Britain.

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