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    The Frontiersmen: A Narrative
    by Allan W. Eckert
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (01 May, 2001)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Wow!What individuals that tamed a continent
    I have read all of Eckert's colonial and early American novels about the Indian nations and wars that raged for almost two hundred years.He is one of the best story tellers you will find.

    In this novel, the Frontiersman, in the company of such notable and famous names as George Rogers Clark, Daniel Boone, William Henry Harrison, and Anthony Wayne, Eckert tells the story of Simon Kenton, perhaps the most compelling frontiersman of that time, despite his more famous protoges.

    The savagry and commitment by both sides to the fight for Kentucky and the Ohio River Valley are brought to life by Eckert.You would think you were reading a finely told fictional thriller, when in fact you are being presented with very well documented fact, woven together to read better than any fictional novel you could find.

    If you want to delve into the real history of the taming of America...read Eckert.

    4-0 out of 5 stars When the legend becomes fact...
    I first read this book years ago, and was immediately hooked. Anyone interested in the frontier history of the Old Northwest -- or just looking for a good adventure -- should love this exciting tale.

    Just one caveat: if you read scholarly books on this period, you will realize that Eckert has, as Huckleberry Finn would say, told some "stretchers." Much of what you read in Eckert's books is true, but despite claims to the contrary, much of it is fiction and folklore. Eckert usually chooses colorful versions of events over more reliable accounts. This may not make for good history, but it does makes for fun reading. If you're interested in authentic history, approach Eckert's books with the same caution that you would a Hollywood movie.

    There's a saying in an old Western movie: "When the legend becomes fact, print the legend." That's what Eckert has done. Enjoy his books in this spirit, and you'll have a thrilling read.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Best, Most Engaging American History Book
    Except for the Holy Bible, THE FRONTIERSMEN, by Allan W. Eckert, is the best book I have ever read!A few years ago, I had the high privilege of telling Allan Eckert that in person. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0945084919
    Sales Rank: 4960
    Subjects:  1. 1755-1836    2. Biography    3. Biography & Autobiography    4. Biography / Autobiography    5. Biography/Autobiography    6. Frontier and pioneer life    7. General    8. Historical - General    9. Kenton, Simon,    10. Kings and rulers    11. Native American    12. Ohio River Valley    13. Pioneers    14. Shawnee Indians   


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    That Dark and Bloody River (Historical Fiction)
    by ALLAN ECKERT
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (01 September, 1996)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Gripping and suspenseful Ohio River Valley history
    I have read this twice and have started it for the third time. I have read all of the Winning of America Series twice. I find myself switching back and forth to the maps.
    My father took me to see the Fallen Timbers during WW II. So I would have been about two years old. I just remember his describing the battle and the fact that most of the fallen trees or "timbers" were taller than I was laying on their sides. It was very still except for the birds, the locusts and my Father's voice. In retrospect it was a special and spiritual moment.
    As it turns out my dark father was 1/16 Native American (Elizabeth Weddell from Hawkins Co., Tennessee) only we didn't know it at the time.
    This book made the history of all my families come alive; some fought in the Revolution, one with the Royal Americans, one at Ft. Pitt and one at Germantown & Brandywine. Some ended up buying hundreds of acres of land at Chillicothe,OH., KY. and Indiana.
    Reading these books and in particular this one, puts me right in the middle of the action and family history.
    I am from Indiana via Southern Indiana, via KY., NC., VA., OH. and PA. These books, especially this one and The Frontiersman, are my favorites. Mr. Eckhert makes history live. Thanks.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Misinformation abounds.
    This book contains plenty of misinformation about the Zane family. It may be interesting reading, but it is not an accurate portrayal of the Zane Patriots. Not sure where he got his information but he needs to make many corrections. I've already written Bantam Books concerning this and I await there response.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Dark and Bloody River Runs Through It
    This is a relatively detailed account of the history of white settlement and conflict along the Ohio River drainage given in the form of a journal.A dated account, it draws together moments in the lives of natives, settlers and government officials as affected the area in question.Well written, engaging, detailed, with good footnotes and bibiliography.An excellent book worthy of space in any library and a necessity for those interested in this period. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0553378651
    Sales Rank: 148356
    Subjects:  1. Fiction    2. Fiction - Historical    3. Historical - General    4. History    5. Ohio River Valley    6. To 1795    7. United States - State & Local - General    8. History / General   


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    A Sorrow in Our Hearts
    by ALLAN ECKERT
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (01 February, 1993)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars great book about great man
    I have a new hero. I recently came across this excellent biography of the great Indian leader Tecumseh, and I'm stunned. First, by Tecumseh. This brilliant warrior and visionary understood that civilization is insatiable, and that one must never make peace with the culture that uses any means necessary to kill the indigenous, and to kill the land. This is a powerful account of necessary resistance to the depredations of the dominant culture.
    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.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece of Algonquin Historical Writing
    Eckert's A Sorrow in Our Hearts is nothing short of a masterpiece, and will assuredly stand the test of time, perhaps as no other "Native American" history book before it. I have read many hundreds of books on Algonquin history, and nothing I have seen comes close to A Sorrow In Our Hearts in being fair to the individuals involved. Eckert's portrayal of Tunskwatawa as a misguided opportunist may irritate some, but it holds together as the most credible explanation of how things turned out. I turn to this volume over and over again and it never ceases to amaze me the amount of useful information that it contains. It maintains a high level of historical accuracy without losing the mystical feeling of standing in Tecumseh's presence, seeing the world through his eyes, and the bracing sense of strength, courage and upliftment that those around him must have felt. If there were a sixth star to award this book, I would not hesitate to add it to my review.
    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.
    Evan Pritchard
    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.

    4-0 out of 5 stars One of Eckert's Best
    "A Sorrow In Our Heart" is definately one of Eckert's best historical novels, right next to "The Frontiersmen" and "Dark and Bloody River".It, of course, tells the story of the Shawnee leader Tecumseh, who has been hailed by many as the greatest Indian leader of all time.Tecumseh came closer than any other before or after him to saving his people from total destruction by the whites on the eastern frontier in the early 19th century.In the end, Tecumseh's death is not just a loss in the Indians' long struggle against the Americans, it signals the death knell for their way of life, as their defeat in the War of 1812 sealed their fate on the North American continent.A great and a wonderfully entertaining book, history has never been so hard to put down. ... Read more

    Isbn: 055356174X
    Sales Rank: 122651
    Subjects:  1. 1750-1815    2. Biography    3. Biography / Autobiography    4. Biography/Autobiography    5. General    6. History    7. Indians of North America    8. Native American    9. Northwest, Old    10. Shawnee Indians    11. Wars    12. History / Native American   


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    Blue Jacket: War Chief of the Shawnees
    by Allan W. Eckert
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (01 June, 1983)
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Bluejacket:War Chief of the Shawnees
    I am not a direct descendant, but I can assure the readers that the story as told by Mr. Eckert is authentic.My maternal grandfather's sister was married to William Bluejacket.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Excellently written book, but is it the truth...
    Typically, Eckert's writing style makes this a book that is hard to put down. It is very exciting reading. It is not one of the best books that Eckert has written however. Also, it is shorter and doesn't have the great deal of detail that he put into his "Tecumseh" book, for example. It is a lively story, but now that I have read other reviews, I wonder if it is based on error. The early part of the story concerns the fact that Blue Jacket is a "captured" white boy who becomes a great Indian War Chief. If that is not true, then this part of the book is in error.The history of Blue Jacket as an Indian is well written and exciting, in any case.No matter his origin, Blue Jacket was a great Indian warrior and leader.
    From other things I have read, my guess would be that Eckert's version is correct. In any case, this is an exciting and enjoyable book to read.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Blue Jacket
    This book is another of Allan W. Eckarts spell binding true books.
    It's about a white boy that wants to be an Idian.Well, Here I go, off into the past, picturing what is happening as if I were there. I can hardly put the book down. This is real, things that really happened.This seventeen year old boy barters with the indians to take him and let his twelve year old brother live. theydid.He was called blue jacket because that was the color of the faded shirt he had on when captured. Blue Jacket had to earn the trust of the idnians, that didn't take long. Especially after they saw how brave this boy was as he ran the gauntlet. He was give more freedom and could come and go as he pleased after a while. He never thought of his white family anymore. He just thought and talked shawnee. He was the only white chief the Shawnees had. It is a facinating book. A fast read, and you may even learn some indian words. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0913428361
    Sales Rank: 681222
    Subjects:  1. Children's 12-Up - Sociology    2. Ethnic Studies - Native American Studies   


    Blue Jacket: Warrior of the Shawnees (American Indian Lives)
    by John Sugden
    Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
    Hardcover (01 December, 2000)
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    3-0 out of 5 stars A Good Book, But Based on Scant Material
    Sugden's third book on the Shawnee tribe (Tecumseh's Last Stand and Tecumseh: A Life being the other two) is a competent piece of historical writing, but is, in my view, the weakest of the three.Sugden does a fairly good job of debunking the belief that Blue Jacket was a white man, presenting a variety of materials to counter the dubious evidence usually cited by those who support this contention.While diehard believers will not be convinced, Sugden will likely influence those who do not cling to this old (and widely accepted) tale.

    As for the bulk of the book, Sugden does a fair job of collecting the bits and pieces of Blue Jacket's history and weaving them into a readable narrative.The difficulty he (or anyone in the future who wishes to explore Blue Jacket's life) faces is that there is too little material available to produce a thorough biography of this Shawnee.Compared to other Shawnees of the same time frame such as Tecumseh, Tenskwatawa (the Prophet), or even Black Hoof, there is little in the historical record about Blue Jacket, certainly when one is attempting to write a full-length biography.

    Perhaps if Sugden had published this as an article (or series thereof) or incorporated Blue Jacket's story within the framework of a larger tribal or regional history, the holes in Blue Jacket's history would be less gaping.However, the lack of source material forces Sugden to draw conclusions and make some speculations based on suspect evidence and assumptions.For example, little is known about Blue Jacket before the American Revolution.Sugden uses the few sources available from the American colonial period, but is forced to fill in holes with generalizations about what is known about the Shawnee and their neighbors.This weakens the biography because Blue Jacket the individual is often lost in these generalities.

    On the positive side, Sugden presents, to this point, the most complete biography of Blue Jacket.The only other widely available biography is Allan Eckert's: Blue Jacket: War Chief of the Shawnees, which, while more vibrant and perhaps better written, is subject to broad speculation by the author, fosters the highly suspect Swearingen (captive white) connection, and is more literature than history.Therefore, Sugden's book is currently the best if one wishes to learn about the historical Blue Jacket.In all fairness to the author, I am not convinced that a better book on the subject is achieveable, which is a shame because Blue Jacket may never achieve the historical status of contemporaries such as Tecumseh or Little Turtle; a place he richly deserves.

    2-0 out of 5 stars This guy just isn't a very good writer
    It tried to like this book, but I couldn't.This guy is just not a very good writer.He takes a very exciting period of history and makes it not so exciting.He is good at presenting facts (though some are a little shaky), but not so good at writing a story based on the facts.There are better writers dealing with this time period.

    5-0 out of 5 stars An exciting, authoritative Native American biography.
    Blue Jacket is an exciting authoritative biography of a Shawnee war chief of great military, diplomatic, strategic and political achievements.Compared with other Native American leaders such as Red Cloud, Geronimo, Crazy Horse, and Sitting Bull, Blue Jacket, or Waweyapiersenwaw is portrayed as a Shawnee patriot and defender of his tribe's Ohio River territory.Unafraid to utilize white and mixed blood connections(he married two wives of white or mixed Native American/white blood), Blue Jacket provided inspiration and a role model for the famous Tecumseh in his later years.Covering an estimated lifespan from 1743 to 1808, the biography details a fully human portrait of Blue Jacket with fine details drawn from a variety of close sources.

    Many examples of Blue Jacket's skill and astuteness are given.The precarious position of the Shawnees, between the British, the French, and enemy tribes is well documented.A reputation for handling disagreements among allies also is characteristic of Blue Jacket.Respected by Native Americans and Europeans alike, Blue Jacket's conduct throughout his life was characterized by a balance of abilities, traditional religion, warring and hunting skills, and also an ability to prosper from the additions of white culture.An example of an attempt to analyze Blue Jacket's political support of Tecumseh and the Prophet is quoted: "And so in the early days of the movement of Tecumseh and the Prophet, Blue Jacket illustrated its capacity to attract differently minded men and women, people who saw advantages in one way or another.Blue Jacket probably saw the sense in much of what the Prophet said, but we cannot suppose that these arguments were sufficient inducements for the most sophisticated of all Shawnees.We can, however, only guess at his motives.We know he was ambitious; he always had been.We know, too, that he was isolated, living apart from the center of Shawnee affairs in Ohio and seldom attending their tribal council.The most likely explanation of his interest in the Prophet is that he saw in him a way to recover influence and power.It was his final attempt to challenge the supremacy of Black Hoof and other old Meckoche rivals (pp. 241-242)."

    The history of the Shawnee and other Native American tribes in the East is riddled with blood and lost ground.However, this biography of Blue Jacket testifies to a man who straddled cultures and achieved a level of both success and bitterness. Most interesting of all is the legacy of blood that he fathered, traced in meticulous detail by authentic sources by author Sugden.Although it may suffer fromthe loss of a Native American voice, Blue Jacket presents a piecing together of a lost portrait, powerful and sure.It provides a missing piece of history."Today, most people's perception of American Indian armed resistance, itself only part of a complicated history, is extremely limited.It is the warriors of another age who are remembered - men of the later nineteenth century, whose fame has benefited from the growth of the popular press, the cinema, and improved communications.Yet Blue Jacket's followers accounted for more American enemies in serious battle than the forces of Cochise, Red Cloud, Crazy Horse, Sitting Bull, and Geronimo put together, and his vision of intertribal unity was much keener and more sophisticated.Of course, we are all products of our own times, but when the long roll of Indian notables is called, surely the name of Waweyapiersenwaw, or Blue Jacket, deserves to find its place. (pp.263-64)."

    Nancy Lorraine, Reviewer ... Read more

    Isbn: 0803242883
    Sales Rank: 146334
    Subjects:  1. Biography    2. Biography & Autobiography    3. Biography / Autobiography    4. Blue Jacket,    5. Ethnic Cultures - Native Americans    6. Historical - General    7. History: American    8. Kings and rulers    9. Native American    10. Native Americans - Plains    11. People of Color    12. Shawnee Indians    13. Wars    14. b. ca. 1752   


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    Tecumseh: A Life
    by John Sugden
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Hardcover (01 May, 1998)
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    Of Indian chief Tecumseh, U.S. president William Henry Harrison said,"If it were not for the vicinity of the United States, he would, perhaps, be thefounder of an empire that would rival in glory that of Mexico or Peru." As it was,however, he was born just more than a decade shy of the discovery of the New World,and came of age in an era of violence and cultural decay in which Indian tribes across thecontinent expended all their energy to repulse the Europeans who were commandeeringtheir land. By the end of the century, Tecumseh, a member of the Shawnee tribe, was anaccomplished warrior; after losing his father and two older brothers to battle, he assumedthe role of war chief. There seemed to be only two courses of action that might preservehis tribe: assimilation or war. After watching other tribes fail in their bids to mimicEuropean society, the charismatic Tecumseh, aided by his brother (known as "theProphet"), attempted a short-lived but inspired strategy of organizing a pan-Indianalliance to put down the European encroachers. It was while fighting alongside theBritish in the War of 1812 that Tecumseh was killed. His body was never found. RichardJohnson, the man who claimed to have taken the great chief down, went on to becomeMartin Van Buren's vice president.

    With Tecumseh, biographer John Sugden expands the scope of his earlier bookTecumseh's LastStand, which focused exclusively on the chief's final, fatal battle. In both booksSugden displays intimate knowledge of his subject; Tecumseh, however, takes amuch more in-depth look at this complex man, his life, and the times that shaped him,and thus should appeal to American-history buffs as well as anyone interested in acarefully crafted biography of a fascinating character. ... Read more

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    3-0 out of 5 stars Tecumseh: A Life...Better the Second Time Around
    John Sudgen's "Tecumseh: A Life" is one of the more recent biographies of the famous Shawnee leader.Upon first reading of this book, I was not greatly impressed as the text was rather dry and languid.However, after delving more deeply into other works on Tecumseh's background and history of the War of 1812, I felt this work perhaps deserved another look.

    Tecumseh of course is the famous Shawnee war leader who resisted American expansion into the Northwest Territory in the late 18th and early 19th centuries.He has been the subject of many books and movies, many of them fanciful presentations of the mythical image that has grown up around the man that many have called the greatest Indian leader of all time.Tecumseh's dream of a powerful pan-Indian confederacy was visionary in scope as he hoped to unite not just a few, but ALL the Indian tribes east of the Missisippi and beyond against the flood of white settlers pouring across the Appalachian Mountains.Tecumseh came closer than any others to succeeding in that vision, but the British defeat in the War of 1812 and Tecumseh's death at the Battle of Moraviantown in 1813 ended that dream forever.

    Sudgen's book helps to dispel many of the myths and tries to present the known facts about Tecumseh's life.While not nearly as engaging as Allan Eckert's "A Sorrow In Our Hearts", this book serves as a decent, if still somewhat slow going telling of the life of an undeniably capable leader.Sudgen also takes time to bash research of other historians who have done work on Tecumseh, ostensibly to help clarify the many myths and misconceptions that have grown up around the Shawnee leader in the past 200 hundred years, but the chapter comes off as more of a rant against other authors and diminishes the impact of the book.After reading Sudgen's work, I would recommend checking out not only Eckert's books on Tecumseh, but also "A Wampum Denied" by Sandy Antal and "The Shawnee Prophet" by R. David Edmunds for a more in-depth understanding of Tecumseh's life and times.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Maybe the best on Tecumseh yet
    As a history student whose interests are in the Colonial period to the Civil War I was intrigued with this book on Tecumseh.It was well written and very informative of the Shawnee Chief's career.Not only was this a wonderful resource guide but most importantly it was an easy read, which is essential for college students.True, Tecumseh spread a lot of blood on the plains of Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky but his teachings along with his brother Tenskawatawa are the important keys to understanding the will of Tecumseh.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Rehash of better works.Don't bother with this one.
    The author says in his preface, "this is the first book on Tecumseh to be grounded in thorough research into the history and historical culture of Tecumseh's people, the Shawnees."Just whom does he think he's kidding?That means he thinks that none of the other authors--such as Bil Gilbert, author of the 1989 biography of Tecumseh entitled GOD GAVE US THIS COUNTRY--did their research.Honestly, Gilbert did a much better job, both in the text and the notes.Sugden's school-marmish style worries more with minor aside details and private agendas than in telling us the story of Tecumseh.Nothing new of note is presented in this mundane work. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0805041389
    Subjects:  1. 1750-1815    2. 1768-1813    3. Biography    4. Biography & Autobiography    5. Biography / Autobiography    6. Biography/Autobiography    7. Ethnic Cultures - Native Americans    8. Historical - General    9. Historical - U.S.    10. Indians of North America    11. Native Americans - Northeast    12. Northwest, Old    13. Shawnee Chief,    14. Shawnee Indians    15. Tecumseh,    16. Wars    17. Tecumseh   


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    The Shawnee Prophet
    by R. David Edmunds
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Hardcover (01 August, 1983)
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    4-0 out of 5 stars FINALLY, A FACTUAL ACCOUNT OF THE HISTORY OF INDIANS
    Although there are a number of well researched accounts of Indian Cheifs and tribes, there are as many if not more books and articals written on them that have their base on hear-say and downright wrong information.I have spent a number of years reading about Tenskwatawa, the Shawnee Prophet, and Tecumseh, his more famous brother and have been futher confussed from one source to the other. Which was more true?Until this book 'The Shawnee Prophet' by R. David Edmunds came along, I was about to give up; thinking there couldn't possibly be a correct account.Mr Edmunds bothers to futher authenticate his findings with numerous pages of refferences(about a fourth of the book's volume).The reading format was heavy at first but soon, because of the welcomed amount of information, it quickly became relavent and facinating to read.By all means do read this book.More books like this need to be written.We need to know the truth about our history.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Account of Tenskwatawa, The Shawnee Prophet
    This biography of Tenskwatawa is the only work devoted to the role and importance of the influencial Shawnee Prophet who has long been eclipsed in both popular and scholarly works by his far more famous brother, Tecumseh.

    Born in 1775 in Ohio, Tenskwatawa was one of three triplets born into the family of the Shawnee war chief Puckeshinwa.After surviving a less than ideal childhood and losing an eye in the process, Tenskwatawa soon found himself an outcast among his own tribe.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.But after experiencing a vision he believes is sent by the Master of Life, Tenskwatawa is reborn as the Shawnee Prophet and begins to preach a return to the old ways and to reject the ways of the whites whom he says have corrupted and destroyed the Indians.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.Tragicly, these dreams are crushed by William Henry Harrison's victory over Tenskwata's forces at the Battle of Tippecanoe in 1811. 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.

    This is a fascinating book that covers much information not only about the Prophet, but his people and their history, as well as shedding much light on one of the primary causes of the War of 1812 and the Indians' role in that conflict.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A thorough account of the influences of Tenskwatawa
    The author uses many sources and many factual accounts of the events ofthe early 19th century in the area of the Old Northwest, present day OhioValley region. He shows that Tenskwatawa, also known as the ShawneeProphet, was a proud man who would do anything to maintain his followers.It gives us a great insight into the difficult relations between theAmericans and the Native Americans. The reading is fairly easy and theevents described were very interesting. It was a very in-depth look intothe life of the Shawnee Prophet, his followers and how they dealt with theworld of change swirling around them and the culture clash that existedbetween the Native Americans and the white settlers moving in.

    If you areinterested in learning more about Native American culture, especially theShawnee, then I would strongly recommend this book. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0803218508
    Sales Rank: 1505453
    Subjects:  1. 1750-1815    2. Biography    3. Biography / Autobiography    4. General    5. History: American    6. Kings and rulers    7. Native Americans - Southeast    8. Shawnee Indians    9. Shawnee Prophet    10. Tecumseh,    11. Tenskwatawa,    12. Wars    13. Tecumseh    14. Tenskwatawa   


    Shawnee!: The Ceremonialism of a Native American Tribe and Its Cultural Background
    by James H. Howard
    Paperback (01 June, 1981)
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    Isbn: 0821406140
    Sales Rank: 462086
    Subjects:  1. General    2. North American    3. Religion - General   


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    The Ohio Frontier: Crucible of the Old Northwest, 1720-1830 (History of the Trans-Appalachian Frontier)
    by R. Douglas Hurt
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Hardcover (01 October, 1996)
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Interesting...
    Interesting if you are from Ohio and have knowledge of the State etc... but pretty much is consistent with what I would call more of an loosely written reference book. Some detail seems to have been overlooked whereas other aspects were delved into deeply.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A solid survey of the frontier period in Ohio's history
    R Douglas Hurt has provided us with a solid survey of Ohio's history fromits first settlement to the end of the frontier period.He manages tocover the various Indian tribes and their unique problems in dealing withthe white man.He covers the economic developments, the process ofurbanization, the religious differences, the cultural differences of theearly settlers as well as the conflicts between Britain and the UnitedStates and how they affected the people (including the Indians)of the Ohiocountry.In later years Hurt discusses the political struggles between theFederalists and Republicans which ultimately led to statehood during theJefferson administration.He ends by detailing the conflicts between theRepublicans and the Jacksonian democrats and what the conflicts meant tothe people of the Ohio frontier.His discussion of canal building is alsoinformative.

    One can find a wealth of detail here about particularregions and towns and how they grew and developed.The book, however,cannot be awarded five stars as Hurt's writing style is very matter-of-factand (although he points out that the Western Reserve was slow to develop)the northeastern section of the state is given little attention.All inall, however, a book well worth reading for anyone interested in Ohiohistory or the development of the Northwest Territory.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book - and series
    I've read all four books in this series, and find them excellent readingand fascinating history. Being a native of northeast Ohio, I enjoyedfinally learning some of the history of my birth state - something nottaught very well in my public school.

    When do we see "MichiganFrontier?" ... Read more

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    The Miami Indians
    by Bert Anson
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    Kekionga!: The Worst Defeat in the History of the U.S. Army
    by Wilbur Edel
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    4-0 out of 5 stars A good vivid introduction in Indian/white relations.
    Wilbur Edel's book "Kekionga" is in fact not a detailed description of the worst defeat ofthe American army led by general StClairagainst the Native Americans in the late 18th century. The story ofthe battle itself merely takes one page in this book.So people mainlyinterested in pure military history will not find a satisfactory answer.But I don't thing Edel, who is a Professor Emeritus of Political Science,intended to write a bookfocusing only on the military aspects of thisdramatic battle , which is in fact not that well known in American history.

    The author prefers a global approach of this battle which was the directresult of white settlers penetrating in the Ohio-lands of the Wabash Indiantribes after the American War of Independence.

    Edel clearly explains therelation between Native Americans and their white opponents from the startof white colonisation untill the present.He indicates the role of thedifferent European nations in the New World who played a important role inthe Indian-white relations during the 18th and 19th century. So one canlearn in fact each nation (European and Native American as well) had theirown hidden political agenda. For example during the War of Independence,both Americans and English tried to use Native Americans for their cause.Indians tried to use them to obtain better trade-goods. Some tribes triedto form alliances with Europeans to protect their homelands from invasionof other Europeans. The author gives a clear inside in this processes whichindicates that international politics in that period do not differ thatmuch from the way international politics are run nowadays.

    In a vividdescription he brings back to life the voices of the people who played adecisive role in this confrontation. Fortunately he retains from giving toomany details and keeps this book to the point. Nevertheless he is veryaccurate and each statement is linked toa bibliographical note.

    Ienjoyed reading this book, which gave me (as a European who is not thatfamiliar with the American history) also a better understanding of thesometimes stressed relations between the American Federation and theindividual States of the Union. In my opinion this book can be used as astandard introduction to understand the complex relationship between theNative Americans and the American Federation.

    Jan Everaet Winksele /Flanders BELGIUM ... Read more

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    Little Turtle the Story of an American Indian
    by Maggi Cunningham
    Library Binding (01 January, 1979)
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    Subjects:  1. 1790-1794    2. Biography    3. Children: Babies & Toddlers    4. Indians of North America    5. Juvenile literature    6. Kings and rulers    7. Miami Indians    8. Wars    9. Little Turtle   


    Man Of Distinction Among Them: Alexander Mckee And British-indian Affairs Along The Ohio Country
    by Larry L. Nelson
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars A fascinating look at the Ohio Frontier
    Alexander McKee died in 1799.A few months after his funeral, Soloman McCulloch remembered that several hundred Indians arrived at the gravsite. Assisted by McKee's son, Thomas, they began "a slow, measured, anddignified dance that celebrated the memory of their departed friend.Theritual began in the morning and continued throughout the night and wellinto the following day.Simon Girty confided to MuCulloch that in all hisyears amont the Indian tribes, he had seen the ceremony conducted onlytwice before.The Indianse reserved the ritual, he claimed, 'Only for menof dintinction among them'" Alexander McKee (1735-1799) is an oftenoverlooked character in historical accounts of the Ohio Frontier,particularly because he worked for the British Crown, thus was on the"wrong" side to be glorified in American History.

    McKee'sfather was an Irish immigrant, his mother a Shawnee, and he was a furtrader like his father.He was equally cuturally adept among the Europeansand Indians. The Indian nations were themselves very diverse andindependent, having different culture, language, and interests.Presentalso were British, American colonists, French, Spaniards, Dutch, alllooking to profit in one way or another from the resources or land in theOhio Frontier. Alexander McKee worked his way up in the Indian Department,employed by the British Crown to oversee Indian affairs.Serving invarious capacities for nearly fifty years, he was educated by experienceand motivated by alleigance to the Crown, but with sympathies to Indianinterests. McKee was an important contributor to the Ohio Frontier. Heexploited his extensive knowledge of differences in cultures and language,and became a valuable tool in the evolution of the frontier throughout theRevolutionary War and afterward as inevitable migration by settlers to theWest. At the beginning of his career, McKee's cultural identification wasprimarily with the Indian nations, whom he considered his people,His keennegotiating skills and knowledge of Indian customs, as well as his owneconomic self interests, led him to become a wealthy, respected member ofboth the British community and the Indian nations, but now more culturallyaligned with the British. As the political climates and land boundarieswere constantly evolving, McKee was instrumental and influential in thosechanges.

    McKee's life is a micro example of the tremendous diversity ofcultures that was present in the Ohio Frontier in the 1700's, and how thosecultures were integrated into what Ohio would become.He was instrumentalin the evolution of those changes, as he spent his life negotiating theself interests of many factions for a mutually satisfying resolution. Thisis an interesting, engaging book by Dr. Larry L. Nelson, rich in historyand a personal look at a man who was a contributor to that history. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0873387007
    Sales Rank: 864390
    Subjects:  1. General    2. History    3. History - General History    4. History: American    5. United States - Revolutionary War   


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    A History of Jonathan Alder: His Captivity and Life With the Indians (Series on Ohio History and Culture)
    by Doyle H. Davidson, Henry Clay Alder, Doyle H. Davison, Larry L. Nelson, Larry Nelson
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Interesting and Detailed Indian Captivity Narrative
    This is the story of Jonathan Alder, who was captured by Indians at the age of nine from his home in western Virginia in 1782.He was adopted and lived among the Mingos for 13 years along the Mad River in Ohio. Alder became a respected hunter and warrior and gives a vivid and detailed account of his life among them.He gives a fascinating retelling of his life in a late 18th century Indian village, in an age when white settlers were beginning to push north of the Ohio River from Kentucky and West Virginia in the years after the Revolutionary War and how that increased conflict between the two groups for possession of the Ohio Country led, eventually, to the loss of Indian lands. After the Treaty of Greenville in 1795, Alder leaves the Indians to live in Pleasant Valley, near what is today Columbus, OH, though continuing to live as an Indian.Around 1805, he is persuaded by a friend to travel to Virginia and is reunited with his white family.

    Alder's narrative is truly fascinating in all respects.He gives fully detailed accounts of his life among the Indians, from hunting and cooking, to relations with his Indian family which include a genuinely loving and kind mother and father, as well as an abusive sister who is resentful of the white boy and beats him for any infraction.Alder tells of his participation in several horse-stealing raids in Kentucky as well as his part in the Battle of Fort Recovery in 1794, .After Alder leaves the company of the Indians in 1795, he goes on to tell about his relations with the early white settlers in central Ohio and their often strained relations with the remaining Indian population.Although he is reunited with his white family in 1805, and subsequently drops his Indian dress and lives as a white settler, Alder, it seems, is never fully one of them.He views his neighbors through the eyes of one who lived a life far removed from their daily drudgery and often seems to reflect with nostalgia on his Indian days.One gets a sense of forelorn sadness and loneliness in his later years, as though he is the product of a lost time and place. His relationships with both his white and Indian family are intriguing, especially a poigniant encounter many years later with his Indian sister who abused him as a child.

    This is a very intereing book and I recommend it highly. ... Read more

    Isbn: 1884836801
    Sales Rank: 415195
    Subjects:  1. Alder, Jonathan,    2. Biography & Autobiography    3. Biography / Autobiography    4. Biography/Autobiography    5. Historical - General    6. Historical - U.S.    7. Indian captivities    8. Literary    9. Mingo Indians    10. Ohio    11. Shawnee Indians    12. Social life and customs    13. United States - 19th Century    14. United States - State & Local - General    15. b. 1773    16. Alder, Jonathan   


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    Loudon's Indian Narratives (The great Pennsylvania frontier series)
    by Archibald Loudon
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Reprint of a Rare 19th Century Indian Captivity Collection
    This is another of Wennawoods Publishing's "Great Pennsylvania Frontier" series.Originally published in a two volume set in 1808 and 1811, this collection of Indian captivity narratives written by Archibald Loudon was one of the most popular and widely read of all the many books on this subject that would appear over the next 100 years.In fact, it was so popular that it has become a rarity to find a complete copy of the original 19th century editions.Wennawoods reprinted the 1888 edition as seen here to bring these rare and fascinating captivity narratives to a modern audience.

    This work is replete with tales of white settlers and soliders who were captured by Indians during the late 18th and early 19th centuries on the trans-Allegheny frontier.Among the more than 25 accounts included here is that of the famous Col. James Smith and his more than 5 years captivity with the Wyandots in northeastern Ohio.This work also includes extensive accounts of Indian life, religion, foodways, hunting, warfare, and, of course, torture.It is understandable how this book became so popular, as it was written at a time when the danger from Indian raids along the frontier was still a viable threat, and it is easy to picture frontier families huddled together on a cold winter night around the fireplace, reading of tales of Indian depredations and scaping and torture, all the while listening for the faint echoes of the war whoop in the dark woods nearby. ... Read more

    Isbn: 1889037079
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    The Tuscarawas Valley in Indian Days 1750-1797: Original Journals and Old Maps
    by Russell H. Booth
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Hardcover (01 May, 1994)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars A Treasure
    From a book such as this I want two things: first, to get to know the historical characters personally and intimately, to achieve empathy with their world view and their values sufficient even to feel that I could engage and interact with them; and second, to find surprises in their use of the English language.

    By prudently selecting and meticulously editing the journals included therein and by preferring narratives to inventories, Booth has satisfied what I wanted.(As for the hermeneutics and reconciliation of geography, maps and written descriptions ... well, ok, I'm glad he belabored that material but I'm gladder still that he grouped it such that I could skip over it.It's pretty dry.)

    The journal keepers do reveal themselves.They are like us and they are decidedly not like us.The boy who recognizes, matter of factly, his mother's scalp on an Indian's belt ... the Indians who did not kill prisoners except by prolonged torture ... the criminal Indian tracked down by revenge minded tribesmen meekly submitting to execution ... the white man observing captive (from childhood) white women who exhibited the behavior and mannerisms of Indian women and then made the truly giant leap, thinking that perhaps Indian children if raised by white families might grow up to be just like the whites ... the Moravians who cast lots for decision making and interpreted the outcomes as divine intervention.These are just a few.

    Having read a history of the OED (The Meaning of Everything by S. Winchester) just before this book, I was on the lookout for surprises (maybe not to another, but to me).From the 1760-1780 time period I wasn't expecting to read the missionaries' complaints about the Indians "boozing."I should have expected to read that lines of march were often "Indian file," but I guess I thought that was a dime novel affectation.It isn't. Then there was the diarist who wrote that provisions could not be had "for love or money."And there are other treats to be had, if you relish this sort of thing.

    This is one of those books that should be more than read; it should be savored.When you finish it, snip out the pages and boil them in a kettle and make yourself a tea from it.That is how much you will like this book.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent History of the Ohio Country
    This beautiful book is filled with many wonderful maps as well as early western journals desribing the first explorations of the Ohio Country by white settlers and their encounters with the many native tribes that called Ohio home in the mid to late 18th century.Including such important accounts as Christopher Gist, who was the first white man to chronicle his explorations of the Ohio wilderness, John Heckewelder and David Zeisberger, the famous Moravian missionaries who founded a number of Christian Indian towns in eastern Ohio and who help support the American cause during the Revolution in the west, Col. Henry Bouquet, the leader of a military expedition into Ohio in 1764 to help put down Pontiac's Rebellion, as well as many others whose explorations and contact with the Indians proved valuable to posterity.Early maps are compared with modern versions to try to locate a number of vanished Indian villages in a way never done before, thus providing a new perspective on the locations of modern roads and cities to their old Indian counterparts, particularly in the areas around modern Coshocton at the Forks of the Muskingum River.This area was also the site of the ill-fated Fort Laurens, the first American military installation in the Ohio Country.This is a wonderful reference book and is highly recommended to anyone with an interst in Ohio or frontier history. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0964063468
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    Subjects:  1. History    2. History - General History    3. History / United States / Colonial Period (1600-1775)    4. History / United States / Revolutionary Period (1775-1800)    5. History: American    6. Indians of North America    7. Ohio    8. Ohio - Local History    9. To 1787    10. Tuscarawas River Valley    11. Tuscarawas River Valley (Ohio)    12. United States - State & Local - General    13. 1787-1865    14. Delaware Indians    15. Moravian Indians    16. Shawnee Indians    17. United States - History - Colonial Period    18. United States - History - Revolutionary War   


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    History, Manners, and Customs of the Indian Nations Who Once Inhabited Pennsylvania and the Neighboring States. (Eastern Europe Collection)
    by John Gottlieb Ernestus, Heckewelder
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars A Christian perspective on the Delaware People
    This excellent book gives a keen insight into the lives of the Delaware People.As a missionary to the American Indians in the early 1700's, John Heckewelder set to understanding these people inorder to bring to them the Gospel of Jesus Christ.This book was actually written to his supporters not only for them to understand what he was doing, but also to train other missionaries before sending them into the wilderness. With clear descriptions and an almost overwhelming amount of understandable detail, Mr. Heckewelder brings to life the People whom he loved and understood.It is a great resource for novelists with not only the descriptions of everyday life as well as special situations or celebrations, but he also adds in the back a vocabulary and phrase listing that is most helpful.He covers every part of their lives~ food, marriage, birth and death and every thing in betweenWith his understanding of The People, and the way they think, he has brought to light many of the reasons behind the wars between the whites and Indians for the generations that followed.If only the men of his time had tried to understand The People as he did, perhaps many a death would have been avoided. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in the TRUTH about how the Deleware People lived in the 1700's. ... Read more

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    Subjects:  1. Delaware Indians    2. History - General History    3. Indians of North America    4. Iroquois Indians    5. Languages    6. North American    7. Pennsylvania   


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    Thirty Thousand Miles With John Heckewelder (The Great Pennsylvania Frontier Series)
    by John Gottlieb Ernestus Heckewelder, Paul A. W. Wallace
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    Isbn: 1889037133
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    Subjects:  1. 1743-1823    2. Description and travel    3. Frontier and pioneer life    4. Heckewelder, John Gottlieb Ern    5. History    6. History: World    7. Indians of North America    8. Moravians    9. Native American    10. Travel    11. United States   


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    David Zeisberger: A Life Among the Indians
    by Earl P. Olmstead, David Zeisberger
    Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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    3-0 out of 5 stars Good writing and wonderful history
    This is a extremely well researched book. While not a "can't-put-it-down" book, it is written in a style that keeps one interested. It doesn't have the more exciting style of, say, The Frontiersman by Allan Eckert, but it is a good read non-the-less. There is plenty of history here, plenty of information about the Indians of the time, politics, characters, etc. However, so much history is covered that it is impossible to cover any part in great depth which makes it difficult to feel that one is part of the action. Instead, the book is more of the typical history book where one feels to be on the outside looking in.
    I live near where much of this history takes place in Ohio, so I find the history of this area more interesting than some, and I don't understand why David Zeisberger doesn't get more mention in history. This is a fascinating person.Fascincating enough that his history could be written in a more exciting style by the right author.However, this isn't a put down, as this is the best book on the subject I have read.
    The book starts out with the childhood of Zeisberger, which is a little slow reading. This information is important, though, as it shows what environment Zeisberger grew up in and how it affected his life later.
    However, I was more interested in the years between 1740-1782. This is a wonderfully exciting time in Ohio history, and Olmstead covers it well. Because of the focus of the book, Olmstead covers events such as Braddock's Massacre in only a page or so, whereas there are entire books written on just this one battle. However, the book is about Zeisberger, and Olmstead relates how events such as these affected the lives of those around Zeisberger and the Moravian missions. The book takes us through the French and Indian War, into the Revolutionary War, and ends with the massacre of Christian Indians at Gnadenhutten, Ohio in 1782. Olmstead's history shows us how these peaceful (and not so peaceful) Indians' lives were affected by the events happening around them and to them.
    This is a very "neutral" book. By that I mean, the book doesn't offer a slanted judgement of one side against the other; it simply tells what happens. For example, both the good and the bad of the Indians are pointed out, giving us a true view of the Eastern Woodland Indians as real people, not just some distorted image of the "noble savage" fighting against the evil white men trying to steal his land.
    Another book by Olmstead, "Blackcoats among the Delaware" covers Zeisberger's life after the period of this book, but I really think this is the better written book (of course, since I am more interested in the 1750-1780 time period, this may just be prejudice on my part).
    Even forgetting David Zeisberger, this is a decent book on "Indian-Colonist relations," and how one event could influence another event many miles away.I don't think anyone could be disappointed in this book if they are interested in either the time period or David Zeisberger.As a book on Zeisberger, this should be a 5 star, but as a book in general, a 3 is about it. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0873385683
    Sales Rank: 1375129
    Subjects:  1. 1721-1808    2. Biography    3. Biography / Autobiography    4. Delaware Indians    5. Ethnic Studies - Native American Studies    6. Historical - General    7. History    8. History: American    9. Missionaries    10. Missions    11. Native American    12. Native American Anthropology    13. Native Americans - Northeast    14. Ohio    15. Tuscarawas River Valley    16. Zeisberger, David,    17. Zeisberger, David   


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    David Zeisberger's History of Northern American Indians (Ohio Archaeological and Historical Quarterly, Volume 19, Nos. 1 and 2)
    by David Zeisberger
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Firsthand Account of the Indians of the Old Northwest
    David Zeisberger was a Moravian missionary who immagrated to England's North American colonies in 1740 and became one of the first white men to live among the Indian tribes of the Old Northwest.He spent many years living among the Delaware in western Pennsylvania and Ohio, founding the famous "Praying Indian" towns at Salem, Shoenbrun, and Gnadenhutten in the years just before the American Revolution.Zeisberger worked tirelessly to convert the Indians to Christianity for many years on the frontier when it was a hostile and dangerous wilderness.This book is translated from Zeisberger notes made while living among the Delaware in the period 1780-81.They describe in great and accurate detail the lifestyle and culture of the Indians.It details all aspects of religion, hunting, social structure, foods, medicine, clothing, etc. of the Delaware and the eastern woodland tribes in general.It also gives an overview of the flora and fauna of the Ohio Country in the years prior to white settlement."History of the Northern American Indians" is a valuable piece of 18th century literature and should be read by any student of frontier or Indian history. ... Read more

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