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A Sorrow in Our Heart: The Life of Tecumseh Mass Market Paperback – February 1, 1993
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I have stood by that battlefield where he died and heard the accounts of his demise and burial from a descendant of those who were there and I sense the greatness of the man, and somehow Eckert has managed to do him justice through a medium that is not always compatible with the Algonquin way, and it makes me feel that sorrow to which he refers. We all must die sooner or later, but Tecumseh was still a young man (younger than I am now) when he died at the battle of the Thames. When I am buried, let them lay me to rest with only a well worn copy of Eckert's A Sorrow In Our Hearts in my hands.
Professor of Native American History, Marist College
author of Native New Yorkers, The Remarkable Legacy of the Algonquin People of New York;
No Word For Time, the Way of the Algonquin People, etc.
I'm stunned also by the writing. Allan W. Eckert is an extraordinary writer, and tells Tecumseh's story beautifully and movingly. The book is very hard to put down.
A Sorrow in Our Heart: The Life of Tecumseh is a riveting biography of one of the most important men in the United States' history. However, those who want to read about Native Americans only to be politically correct should look elsewhere.
Eckert seems unafraid to write accurately about the history of our country. He glorifies neither the Native American nor the white man. He graphically describes savagery of both Indians and whites. Eckert's impartial account of how both sides partook in the spiral of revengeful, horrific acts can be difficult to face, but it is a testament to his willingness to delve into both the glory and ugliness of the past. Eckert's impressive list of other titles and his willingness to identify and explain in this book mistakes he made in previous books assures the reader that he is dedicated to documenting the truth. Eckert's passion for accuracy and meticulous documentation (as evidenced in 172 pages of Amplification Notes) of how he arrived at his account of actual events are fascinating in themselves.
This book unravels layer by layer. The author thoroughly explores the Ohio River Valley, the expansion of the United States, the mysticism of Tecumseh as a Shawnee leader and prophet, the treachery of sibling rivalry, the paradox of Tecumseh and William Henry Harrison's mutual enmity and admiration, and the stunning contributions of native peoples to the culture and vocabulary of America. (He also weaves in some incredible accounts of the tenacity of the legendary frontiersmen Simon Kenton and Daniel Boone.)
The reader's persistence in overcoming the book's volume and the difficulty of so many Native American names is well rewarded by the gains in knowledge and appreciation for the people and events that shaped North America during the turn of the 19th century. The reader's time is not wasted.<P
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This is an historically based novel. If you like a true history lesson of certain parts and centain times in the history of this country, it's all there.Published 4 months ago by lance kightly
What absolutely brilliant writing. Eckert takes probably the most tumultuous times in the history of the Shawnee Indians and describes with such understanding and emotion and... Read morePublished 4 months ago by richard e whitelock