Authors of history book make stop in Valley AMERICA AT WAR


What: “America Invaded” book signing with author Christopher Kelly

Where: Poland Library, 311 S. Main St., Poland, Wednesday at 2 p.m.

Also at the Canfield Fair on the “Louie Free Show” inside the Vindicator tent on Wednesday sometime between 10 a.m. and when he heads to the Poland Library.

Staff report

“America Invaded,” a new history book by authors Christopher Kelly and Stuart Laycock, looks at every state and its historical conflicts – between imperialists nations, between settlers and Native Americans, and even between neighbors arguing over a border.

Ohio has had its own number of conflicts in its history as well.

Ohio got pretty crowded following the American Revolution. According to the book, “The new United States sought to extend its control of territory through a number of controversial treaties. In 1787, Ohio became part of the United States’ Northwest Territory, and settlers began to travel there in large numbers. New England veterans of the Revolution settled at Marietta on the Ohio River in 1788. Settlers from New Jersey arrived near what is now Cincinnati, and the southern part of the territory saw settlers from Kentucky and Virginia too.”

This caused tension between the new United States authorities and a number of Native American peoples persisted and frequently flared up.

Historian and author Kelly has an article outlining the history of what happened next and much, much more.

His latest book, “America Invaded: A State by State Guide to Fighting on American Soil,” looks at how Ohio and the United States has been invaded on countless occasions over time.

This is not the first collaboration between authors Kelly and Laycock. Their other books include “America Invades: How America has invaded or been Militarily Involved with nearly every Country on Earth” and “Italy Invades: How Italians Have Conquered the World.”

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