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Tecumseh and the Quest for Indian Leadership (Library of American Biography Series) (2nd Edition) 2nd Edition
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All said, this is a very good biography of a very respected Indian leader.
Tecumseh lived from 1768 to 1813. His father was Shawnee; his mother was Creek. He was raised among the Shawnees of Ohio. He came of age after the Revolutionary War, as the young United States expanded gradually but relentlessly beyond the Appalachians into Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, and Illinois. The prototypical pretense for expansion was a treaty with this or that group of Indians whereby the U.S. gave them money and trade goods in exchange for the right to settle on a vast tract of land that in most cases the Indian group in question did not truly own, at least vis-à-vis all other Indians. Tecumseh was savvy enough to understand the mechanism of American expansion and that it represented a collective problem for Indians who were splintered into numerous tribal groups. So, around 1807, Tecumseh proposed and began to pursue a two-prong policy. First, explicit recognition that all remaining Indian lands (lands not already ceded to the U.S. by one or another treaty, however fraudulent) were owned by all Indians, so that any future transfers of Indian land to the Americans had to be approved by all Indians. In other words, individual tribes no longer had the right to sell what they claimed to be their tribal territory to the government.Read more ›
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The books looks good. And its content is quite interestingPublished 11 months ago by Efrain Garrillo Ruiz
Edmunds is a very good author who is factual and does not add any fluff. If you want a book that cuts through the legend and deals with who Tecumseh really was, then this is an... Read morePublished on December 31, 2013 by Online Shopper
Very informative and interesting read, giving insight on Tecumseh and his Prophet brother which I had never been introduced to. Read morePublished on May 23, 2009 by William G. Adams
it's a book for a class, how great can it be. Shipping was very quick though.Published on January 13, 2009 by K. Lohr