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Isaac Zane’s Untold Story Revealed at Next Program

WHEELING — The Ohio County Public Library’s next Lunch With Books live stream session will feature author Alan Fitzpatrick at noon on Tuesday, May 4.

“The Untold Story of Isaac Zane” is the third book in a trilogy by Fitzpatrick about the little-known history of white captives taken prisoner by Native Americans during the frontier wars of the latter part of the 18th century. It was during those wars that tribal clan mothers mandated warriors bring captives (like Isaac Zane) back to villages for adoption, ransom and trade.

In contrast, colonial militiamen took no captives but rather killed native men, women and children as a means of “ethnic cleansing” the land they wished to possess. Hundreds of white captives were taken to Native villages deep in the Ohio Country and never returned to colonial society. This book meticulously debunks the false claims in American archives surrounding Isaac Zane’s life using Wyandot research sources; the people and place where Isaac was taken in 1763, the Wyandot Nation of the Ohio Country.

Lunch With Book programs can be viewed live on the library’s official Facebook and YouTube pages.


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