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Tecumseh

A Life

John Sugden

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If Sitting Bull is the most famous 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. Tecumseh emerges as a man of unusual integrity, generosity, and compassion.

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“A richly detailed, utterly scrupulous account that is as poignant as it is informative.”—Barry Gewen, The New York Times Book Review

“Sugden has mined previously ignored British regimental histories that are scattered all over the English countryside—an approach that indicates the breadth of his scholarship and the thoroughness of his analysis....Intricate....Insightful.”—Jennifer Veech, The Washington Post Book World

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  • John Sugden

  • 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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