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Tecumseh's War

The Epic Conflict for the Heart of America

A history of the last great Native American war in North America.

At the dawn of the nineteenth century, Native American dominance of the Northwest Territory was threatened by a series of treaties designed to open the land to US settlement. In response, a coalition of tribes launched what would come to be known as Tecumseh's War, named after the charismatic Shawnee war chief who was the guiding force behind the Native confederacy.

Often treated today as an adjunct to the War of 1812, Tecumseh's War deserves to be disentangled from that conflict and studied in its own right. As author Donald R. Hickey shows, at stake was nothing short of the future of Native Americans in the heart of North America. With the might of the British behind them, it was the last time that Native Americans stood any realistic chance of defending their lands and their freedom.

The history of this pivotal conflict features larger-than-life figures including Tecumseh, Tenskwatawa "the Prophet," and Black Hawk on the Native side; and Thomas Jefferson, William Henry Harrison, and Richard M. Johnson on the US side. The defeat of the American Indians coupled with the British decision to abandon them in peace negotiations with the United States had catastrophic consequences for the Indian nations by opening the Old Northwest to a flood of white settlers.

Tecumseh's War is military history at its finest, placing the Native American struggle against white settlement in North America front and center.

About the Author

Donald R. Hickey is a professor of history at Wayne State College. He is the author of a dozen books, including, The War of 1812: A Forgotten Conflict, Don't Give Up the Ship! Myths of the War of 1812, and Glorious Victory: Andrew Jackson and the Battle of New Orleans.


"One of the leading historians of the War of 1812 has provided us with a minutely detailed and thorough examination of Tecumseh's role in the northern theater of the conflict. It will appeal to fans of military history, academics, and students interested in the Old Northwest." — Robert Owens, professor of history, Wichita State University, and author of Mr. Jefferson's Hammer: William Henry Harrison and the Origins of American Indian Policy

"Donald Hickey — one of America's foremost scholars of the War of 1812 — has performed a tremendous service in writing Tecumseh's War. His comprehensive, yet fast-paced narrative brings coherence and depth to understanding the famous Shawnee leader, the tragic events of his time, and the profound impact the history of the Old Northwest had for Indigenous peoples and for the evolution of the United States and Canada." — Carl Benn, professor, Department of History, Ryerson University, Toronto

"Pivoting between competing interpretations of the past, Tecumseh's War restores an important dimension to the study of American expansionism in the early nineteenth century — that of native peoples. Masterful and compelling, Hickey's latest contribution reaffirms his well-deserved status as the dean of 1812 scholarship." — Guy St-Denis, author of Tecumseh's Bones

"Donald Hickey's work disentangles the northwest Indian War from the broader War of 1812, providing an engaging narrative that explores the course and impact of that devastating conflict on Native Americans as well as settlers. This compelling account — by the leading expert in the field — will appeal to a wide audience." — Kathryn H. Braund, Hollifield Professor of Southern History, Auburn University, and author of Tohopeka: Rethinking the Creek War and War of 1812

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