The Collected Speeches of Sagoyewatha, or Red Jacket

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Granville Ganter
Syracuse University Press, Jun 19, 2006 - History - 356 pages
In the first complete collection of a Native American orator's speeches, Granville Ganter presents the speeches of Red Jacket or Sagoyewatha (Shay-gó-ye-wátha), a formidable diplomat and one of the most famous Native American orators of the nineteenth century. As a representative of the Seneca and the Six Nations, Red Jacket negotiated with American presidents from George Washington to Andrew Jackson, establishing a legacy that continues to influence discussions of native sovereignty and cultural identity. In speeches spanning over forty years, he eloquently voiced the rights of Native Americans, opposing the encroachment of white man's religion and culture and the sale of native lands. Presenting more than fifty speeches of Red Jacket, some previously unpublished and others revised using modern standards of textual editing, this volume encourages a wider readership of Red Jacket's work. Ganter's accompanying essays offer a detailed historical framework, presenting archival research about the interpreters and the circumstances of each speech. The great majority of Red Jacket's speeches were interpreted by reliable translators who were often chosen by the Senecas for their accuracy. This edition spans Red Jacket's political career from 1790 to 1830 and includes major addresses to Presidents Washington, Adams, and Monroe. Additionally, it contains original versions of his speeches to evangelical missionaries and land speculators, which circulated for nearly 150 years after Red Jacket's death. This book will stand as the definitive critical edition of Red Jacket's speeches and as a remarkable record of Native American political history. It will be of crucial interest to historians and literary scholars of Native American studies.
 

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Contents

The Council of Tioga Point
1
Colonel Thomas Proctors Embassy West
16
Council of Newtown PointPainted Post
22
Diplomacy in Philadelphia
33
Indian Council at the Glaize
45
Letter to Pickering Sent by Mr Parrish
59
Treaty ofCanandaigua
61
Council at Fort Niagara
77
To Erastus Granger on War with Britain
169
Protesting Delayed Annuities
183
Petition for Protection to Governor Clinton
196
Variant Texts of the Reply to Ogden
220
Petition to the Governor to Evict White Setters and Black Coats
227
On Separate Races and Religions
241
On Coercion and Bribery at the Ogden Council of 1826
254
Request for a Teacher from the New York Quakers
272

To Joseph Ellicott and Capt Chapin on Dissatisfaction with
95
The Trial of Red Jacket
110
To Chapin on Annuities Husbandry and Proposal to Sell
115
To Rev Elkanah Holmes at Buffalo Creek
129
A Variant Text of the Reply to Cram
144
Insulting the Wyandots and Delawares at Brownstown
159
Sagoyewathas Death
273
Biographical Glossary
279
References
289
Index
299
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Granville Ganter is an associate professor of English at St. John's University in Queens, New York.

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