Synopses & Reviews
The first biography of the great Shawnee leader in more than twenty years, and the first to make clear that his misunderstood younger brother, Tenskwatawa, was an equal partner in the last great pan-Indian alliance against the United States.
Until Tecumseh's death in 1813, he was, alongside Tenskwatawa, the co-architect of the greatest pan-Indian confederation in history. Over time, Tenskwatawa has been relegated to the shadows, described as a talent-less charlatan and a drunk. But award winning historian Peter Cozzens now shows us that while Tecumseh was the forward-facing diplomat — appealing even to the colonizers attempting to steal Shawnee land — behind the scenes, Tenskwatawa unified the Shawnee people with his deep understanding of their religion and culture. No other Native American leaders enjoyed such popularity, and none would ever pose a graver threat to colonial expansion than Tecumseh and Tenskwatawa.
Bringing to life an often-overlooked episode in America's past, Cozzens paints in vivid detail the violent, lawless world of the Old Northwest, when settlers spilled across the country to bloody effect in their haste to exploit lands won from the War of Independence. Tecumseh and the Prophet finally tells the untold story of the Shawnee brothers who retaliated against this threat — the two most significant siblings in Native American history, who, Cozzens helps us understand, should be writ large in the annals of America.
"An enthralling, deeply
researched dual biography of Shawnee leader Tecumseh and his younger
brother... Cozzens's cinematic narrative is steeped in Native American
culture and laced with vivid battle scenes and character sketches."
historical fact with solid storytelling, Cozzens delivers a nuanced
study of the great warrior and his times."
"An insightful, unflinching
portrayal of the remarkable siblings who came closer to altering the
course of American history than any other Indian leaders."
Professor H.W. Brands, author of Heirs of the Founders
About the Author
Peter Cozzens is the author
or editor of sixteen acclaimed books on the American Civil War and the
Indian Wars of the American West, and a member of the Advisory Council
of the Lincoln Prize. In 2002 he was awarded the American Foreign
Service Association's highest honor, the William R. Rivkin Award, given
annually to one Foreign Service Officer for exemplary moral courage,
integrity, and creative dissent. He lives in Kensington, Maryland.