The Tecumseh Legend as History: The Shawnee Federalist & the Apocalypse of 1812

Gregory Evans Dowd, 

OAH Distinguished Lecturer; Professor of History and Chair, Department of American Culture, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Wednesday September 4, 7.30pm

Harry T. Wilks Conference Center, Miami University Hamilton

DowdAlthough legends about Tecumseh portray him as a rare genius struggling against ancient tribalism, he was influential in developing pan-Indian action in the last half of the 18th century. Other legends have heavens and earth abetting his cause with a solar eclipse, a brilliant comet, and a series of profound earthquakes. While these stories, repeated by historians are mostly baseless, they contain a nugget of truth.

  •  Free, public event. Reception to follow.

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