Sunday, June 9, 2019

A Journey to Ohio's Past

From The Telegraph:
As McCullough notes in his book, Marietta was named for royalty, Marie Antoinette of France. But it was established under the more egalitarian principles of the Northwest Ordinance of 1787, which Manasseh Cutler lobbied for. The ordinance called for religious freedom, trial by jury, the encouragement of education and, most dramatically, a ban on slavery at a time when all the original 13 colonies permitted it. Ephraim Cutler was later a local delegate who left his sick bed and cast a key vote that ensured blacks would have full rights in Ohio's constitution. "We don't know precisely how he got there," McCullough says. "One story is he was carried in on a stretcher. I couldn't confirm that but anyway he got there, gave a speech, sick as he was, and cast his vote." 
McCullough has now written two books, "The Pioneers" and "The Wright Brothers," about Ohio's past, and he feels a strong attachment to the state that neighbors his native Pennsylvania. He notes that some of the country's most prominent adventurer-explorers come from Ohio: the Wrights, John Glenn and Neil Armstrong. McCullough himself had an Ohio adventure, an unexpected one, when years ago he shared a ride in Glenn's plane while working on a magazine piece about him. (Read more.)

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