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In this biography, David Edmunds examines the life of legendary Shawnee leader Tecumesh and his pivotal role in defending the Native American way of life. Since his death as an avowed warrior at the Battle of the Thames in 1813, the details of Tecumsehrsquo;s life have passed into the realm of legend, myth and drama. In this new edition, David Edmunds considers the man who In this biography, David Edmunds examines the life of legendary Shawnee leader Tecumesh and his pivotal role in defending the Native American way of life. Since his death as an avowed warrior at the Battle of the Thames in 1813, the details of Tecumsehrsquo;s life have passed into the realm of legend, myth and drama. In this new edition, David Edmunds considers the man who acted as a diplomat ndash; a charismatic strategist who attempted to smooth cultural divisions between tribes and collectively oppose the seizure of their land.pThe titles in the Library of American Biography Series make ideal supplements for American History Survey courses or other courses in American history where figures in history are explored. Paperback, brief, and inexpensive, each interpretive biography in this series focuses on a figure whose actions and ideas significantly influenced the course of American history and national life. In addition, each biography relates the life of its subject to the broader themes and developments of the times.


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In this biography, David Edmunds examines the life of legendary Shawnee leader Tecumesh and his pivotal role in defending the Native American way of life. Since his death as an avowed warrior at the Battle of the Thames in 1813, the details of Tecumsehrsquo;s life have passed into the realm of legend, myth and drama. In this new edition, David Edmunds considers the man who In this biography, David Edmunds examines the life of legendary Shawnee leader Tecumesh and his pivotal role in defending the Native American way of life. Since his death as an avowed warrior at the Battle of the Thames in 1813, the details of Tecumsehrsquo;s life have passed into the realm of legend, myth and drama. In this new edition, David Edmunds considers the man who acted as a diplomat ndash; a charismatic strategist who attempted to smooth cultural divisions between tribes and collectively oppose the seizure of their land.pThe titles in the Library of American Biography Series make ideal supplements for American History Survey courses or other courses in American history where figures in history are explored. Paperback, brief, and inexpensive, each interpretive biography in this series focuses on a figure whose actions and ideas significantly influenced the course of American history and national life. In addition, each biography relates the life of its subject to the broader themes and developments of the times.

30 review for Tecumseh and the Quest for Indian Leadership

  1. 5 out of 5

    Mark

    This is a good short biography of Tecumseh, one that does a solid job of providing the context of Shawnee history and the background of events in the American Midwest at that time.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Adam

    Very informative for those looking to discover Tecumseh. Fascinating section near the end where Edmunds showcases how he winnowed legend from fact, and what he was left with afterward in relation to myth and substance.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Steve Payne

    DNF- I just got lost with all the names and dates.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kristy Vargo

    Well researched/super in-depth. Painfully so, at times. The last chapter did an excellent job examining Tecumseh's fable-like legacy in white America. Well researched/super in-depth. Painfully so, at times. The last chapter did an excellent job examining Tecumseh's fable-like legacy in white America.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca Walsh

    Cool. Although, I struggle with reading about the details of battles.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jen Lynn

    I heard that this was a really good book, with lots of action, and I was assured it didn't read like a text book. That's true for the second half of the book. The first half however, was rather dull. This book describes the life of Tecumseh. It begins by giving an account of Tecumseh's family and the life of the Shawnee Indians. As the book goes on, the accounts of the many battles between the Indians and the Americans and the War of 1812 become more numerous, and that is when it stops reading l I heard that this was a really good book, with lots of action, and I was assured it didn't read like a text book. That's true for the second half of the book. The first half however, was rather dull. This book describes the life of Tecumseh. It begins by giving an account of Tecumseh's family and the life of the Shawnee Indians. As the book goes on, the accounts of the many battles between the Indians and the Americans and the War of 1812 become more numerous, and that is when it stops reading like a textbook and becomes more enjoyable. I went into this book thinking one thing about the Shawnee tribe, but came out of it thinking something completely different. What I really like was the very last chapter where the author attempts to prove the legitimacy of his book. There are numerous biographies of Tecumseh, and the author briefly goes into those biographies and states reasons he has come across to either verify or falsify some of the information in the other biographies. He also states that it is difficult to obtain accurate information and that there are certain things, such as what happened to Tecumseh's body and who actually killed him, that are still not positively known, only assumed. Overall this was a decent book. It gave a nice, brief biography of one of the most well-known leaders of the Indians. A bit dry at first, but one you get past that, it reads a lot easier.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Hilary

    This book was clear and informative, but very 100-level textbook-y. It was a nice little intro to Tecumseh, but nothing more than an intro. I'd read it if it was free, but I wouldn't actually go out and buy it, if I were you. This book was clear and informative, but very 100-level textbook-y. It was a nice little intro to Tecumseh, but nothing more than an intro. I'd read it if it was free, but I wouldn't actually go out and buy it, if I were you.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Leondra

    R. David Edmunds was a professor of mines (University of Texas @ Dallas or UTD). We used this book as part of the course. It was a good book to read. I personally enjoyed his lectures on the topic more but the book does give more details.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Cherlynn Womack

    Very interesting biography. I admire Tecumseh's bravery. I did a book report on this book. Very interesting biography. I admire Tecumseh's bravery. I did a book report on this book.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Timothy

    The was a textbook for college. I met the author while in class. Very interesting look at the frontier in the Ohio Valley.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Roger

    Good biography of Tecumseh and the struggles of the Shawnee Tribe up to Tecumseh's death. Good biography of Tecumseh and the struggles of the Shawnee Tribe up to Tecumseh's death.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Paul

    Book was a good overview. Met David Edmunds at a history celebration at WV Wesleyan College in 2007. He was a very down to earth guy and a fun person to learn from.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Katherine

    A bit dry, but very cool subject.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Maria Scott

  15. 5 out of 5

    Christopher Higgins

  16. 5 out of 5

    Dan Rheingans

  17. 5 out of 5

    Hayden Kutrieb

  18. 5 out of 5

    Dana Ingram

  19. 5 out of 5

    Evelyn

  20. 5 out of 5

    Mir

  21. 4 out of 5

    Carly

  22. 4 out of 5

    Ashley Riley

  23. 5 out of 5

    Irene

  24. 4 out of 5

    Howard Brooks

  25. 4 out of 5

    makenzie

  26. 5 out of 5

    Paul Cornelius

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kenneth Factor

  28. 4 out of 5

    Gerardo Gutierrez

  29. 4 out of 5

    Alexa

  30. 4 out of 5

    Nadia Kousounadis

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