Tecumseh: A Life

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Macmillan, Apr 15, 1999 - Biography & Autobiography - 492 pages
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If Sitting Bull is the most famous American Indian, Tecumseh, the legendary Shawnee chieftain, is the most revered. In the early years of the nineteenth century he dreamed of welding the diverse North American tribes into a vast confederacy stretching from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico, strong enough to defend the cultures and lands of the Indians from the aggression of the United States.

A charismatic leader with outstanding military and political talents, Tecumseh created a powerful pan-Indian alliance to replace intertribal conflict and indifference. A major figure in the War of 1812, he helped defeat American attempts to invade Canada, and his followers engaged U.S. armies across the entire frontier. Although Tecumseh died in battle at the height of his fame with his vision of a great Indian confederacy in shreds, his reputation is secure. Unlike most Indian leaders, who operated locally or participated in intertribal warfare, Tecumseh does not stand for one tribe or nation but for all Native Americans. Despite his failed attempt at solidarity, he remains the ultimate symbol of endeavor and courage, unity and fraternity.

The product of thirty years of research in North America and Europe, this comprehensive and authoritative biography offers new revelations about every stage of the legendary chief's life by the leading scholar on Tecumseh and the Shawnees.

  

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User Review  - Alexus - Goodreads

Interesting subject matter, but Sugden's prose is tedious and makes this one very hard to get through. My interest waned as I worked through it because of this, even though I am very interested in ... Read full review

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User Review  - Andrew - Goodreads

Excellent biography and history of the lower Great Lakes / Old Northwest region of the period leading up to the War of 1812 -- one of the most fascinating in North American history, before either ... Read full review

Contents

The Shooting Star
3
The Panther and the Turtle
13
An Ohio Childhood
24
Rites of Passage
39
The Raiders of Lookout Mountain
53
An Honor to Die in Battle
67
Warrior of the Confederacy
79
Chief
94
Red Sticks and Earthquakes
237
Rebuilding the Union
252
Last Days of Peace
264
War Across the Detroit
279
The Moon of Plums
294
Attack and Counterattack
310
Fighting Groundhogs
324
An Adequate Sacrifice to Indian Opinion
340

A Revolution on the White River
113
Surely God Is in this Place
127
Prophets and Pilgrims
143
An Engine Set to Work by the British
155
The Open Door
166
A Treaty Too Far
179
The Moses of the Family
193
Tecumsehs Diplomacy
203
An Uncommon Genius
215
Storm on the Webash
226
Father We See You Are Drawing Back
355
Our Lives Are in the Hands of the Great Spirit
368
Since Our Great Chief Tecumtha Has Been Killed
383
Family Portraits
402
Acknowledgments
406
Key to Abbreviations in Notes and Bibliography
411
Notes
412
Bibliography
458
Index
475
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About the author (1999)

Dr. John Sugden is already acknowledged as the leading authority on Tecumseh and the Shawnee. His previous books include Tecumseh's Last Stand and the critically acclaimed Sir Francis Drake. In 1988 Dr. Sugden was a Ford Foundation Fellow.

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