I think that because most of the written history of this time period is dominated by larger than life people, Tecumseh, Anthony Wayne, William Henry Harrison and Simon Kenton, that larger than life stories abound. During 1990-91 he served as the Acting Director of the D'Arcy McNickle Center for the History of the American Indian at the Newberry Library. There is very little about his early life when he was known as Lalawethika Noisemaker or of his later life when, in isolation, all he had the power to do was to make noise. David Edmunds convincingly argues that the prophet, not his more famous brother Tecumseh, was the principal leader of the Northwest Indian resistance movement in the early 19th century. The readers of this book will walk away with a new appreciation. In this full-length biography of Tenskwatawa, R. If he had been able to write competent sentences I would have taken him seriously.
To Americans and British, Tenskwatawa was a pretender and a coward. However, it is wonderfully sourced and he makes an excellent case that The Prophet was the first major leader of what would become his brothers confederation. He waited until the end to let us know that the reason for this article is to show us who was the most significant figure during the Indian movement. Following the Treaty of Greenville in 1795, he and his people are forced to give up their claims to most of the Ohio Country and many, including himself, fall victim to alcoholism and despair. However, it is wonderfully sourced and he makes an excellent case that The Prophet was the first major leader of what would become his brothers confederation. © 1996 - 2019 AbeBooks Inc. The reason why it is so important to understand more about the Shawnee Prophet is because his understandings influenced the relationships between the Native in the lower Great Lakes and the United States federal government.
David Edmunds writes this reassessment not to belittle Tecumseh, but to actually show that the one that played a significant role in the Indian movement prior to the War of 1812 was his brother, Tenskwatawa. He was challenged by William Henry Harrison, a military officer at that time, to make the sun black. David Edmunds shows that, to the contrary, the Shawnee Prophet initiated and for much of the period dominated the movement, providing a set of religious beliefs and ceremonies that revived the tribes' fading power and cohesion. But, like all the battles the Native Amercians fought, this too was a broken promise. This book should be required reading for American history courses. I have been fascinated with native american culture since I was a small boy. The author convincingly establishes the critical and pre-eminent role of Tenskwatawa as the leader of the Indian resistance to American expansion before 1810.
About this Item: University of Nebraska Press, 1983. Pages and cover are clean and intact. In his biography of the Shawnee prophet Tenskwatawa, R. All Indians that opposed him were considered witches and were killed. In his later years, Tenskwatawa allied himself with Lewis Cass to promote Shawnee removal to Kansas, where he died in 1836. I often find that much history concentrates on political rather than the religious motivations too. In the early 1800s, when control of the Old Northwest had not yet been assured to the United States, the Shawnee leaders Tecumseh and his brother Tenskwatawa, the Shawnee Prophet, led an intertribal movement culminating at the Battle of Tippecanoe and the Battle of the Thames.
Purple boards with silver lettering on spine. David Edmunds shows that, to the contrary, the Shawnee Prophet initiated and for much of the period dominated the movement, providing a set of religious beliefs and ceremonies that revived the tribes' fading power and cohesion. David Edmunds is a historian of Native American people and the American West. I think this article could of have been more effective if he was to show examples of other biographers work about Tecumseh. I can imagine the tribe feasting on the ancestors of the crayfish that in live in my back yard.
The author or editor of ten books and over one hundred essays, articles, and other shorter publications, Edmunds' major works have been awarded the Francis Parkman Prize, the Ohioana Prize for Biography, and the Alfred Heggoy Prize of the French Colonial Historical Society. Tecumseh assumed full control of the Northwest Indians' confederacy until his death in battle in late 1813, whereupon the insurgency collapsed. After this event his teachings reached all nearby tribes and spread rapidly everywhere. Sorry, but copying text is forbidden on this website! In this full-length biography of Tenskwatawa, R. The Shawnee Prophet by R. In this full-length biography of Tenskwatawa, R. An alcoholic beggar in his earlier life, Lalewethika the Prophet's given name journeyed into the spirit world following near-fatal seizures in 1804-05.
Based upon extensive and meticulous research, this biography is a joy to read. Pages can include limited notes and highlighting, and the copy can include previous owner inscriptions. It is all presented in a smooth and felicitous style which makes unobtrusive the solid scholarship on which it is based. Historians have portrayed Tecumseh, the war leader, as the key figure in forging the intertribal confederacy. For example, they let us know which features and sections are most popular. Convincingly establishes Tenskwatawa as a leader of the Indian resistance to American expansion before 1810. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine.
At ThriftBooks, our motto is: Read More, Spend Less. Though Tecumseh and Tenskwatawa would continue to fight alongside the British in the War of 1812, the Prophet's reputation is devastated forever, as is the dream of uniting the tribes and driving the whites from their lands. It is all presented in a smooth and felicitous style which makes unobtrusive the solid scholarship on which it is based. About this Item: University of Nebraska Press. In 1998, he received the Award of Merit from the American Indian Historians Association, and in 2007 he received the Jeff Dykes Award for contributions to Western History from Westerners International.
All pages are intact, and the cover is intact. About this Item: University of Nebraska Press, 1983. He was the brother of Tecumseh, leader of the Shawnee. To learn more about how we use and protect your data, please see our. Hagan , Montana: The Magazine of Western History William T. His religious revival brings together many thousands of loyal followers from many tribes across the Old Northwest and becomes the core of the pan-Indian confederacy engineered by his older brother Tecumseh who intends to push the Americans back east of the Appalachain Mountains and reclaim their ancestoral homelands.