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THEFT OF OHIO 1783-1795


Gale Richard Walker

Theft of Ohio masterfully documents U.S. betrayal of Indian rights in its acquisition of Ohio, thereby unmasking popular historical accounts and revealing the darker side of the Founding Fathers’ expropriation of Ohio. Having aided Dr. Walker in this research for more than ten years, I know firsthand that his scholarship and research rest on a comprehensive analysis of primary sources and remarkable persistence in the pursuit of the truth.

Raymond Collins, Illinois State Library Reference Librarian, retired

The Theft of Ohio is a damning indictment of the US government from President George Washington on down to Gen. Anthony Wayne—accusing and very convincingly convicting them of one of the greatest historical frauds—stripping the Native Americans of Ohio of every last bit of their ancestral lands in Ohio. The method of the government was bribery, liquor, outright lying and the forging of signatures of a people who did not speak the language of the documents.

Mr. Walker has done an incredible job of original research, including the records of the treaty discussions, the governmental memo and the correspondence of the US negotiators.

If it weren’t for the statute of limitations, the Native Americans equipped with this book would have a strong claim for regaining the stolen lands.

Readers beware. This book will make you angry.

Robert B. Newman – Cincinnati Civil Rights Attorney

As a former Ohio history school teacher for 33 years in Marietta, Ohio (Ohio’s first organized settlement established in 1788), one of my dreams has been fulfilled. Dr. Richard Walker’s comprehensive, critical-minded, well documented narrative of how the United States government stole Ohio from its Native Americans is at last told. The reader will appreciate that he critiques the struggle for Ohio from the points of view of four competing factions, each in their own words – the U.S. government, frontier settlers, British officials in Canada, and Indians. An honest, blunt, and, for some perhaps, troubling lesson in the history and politics of the 1783-1795 era emerges from the pages of this volume. The serious reader will be intrigued until the very end. Dr. Walker does not tell the reader the United States government stole Ohio, he documents it – the facts speak for themselves.

Phillip L. Crane, retired Ohio public school teacher