Can anyone give me a summary about the book TECUMSEH please?

Expert Answers
rrteacher eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Tecumseh was a Shawnee warrior who led an abortive movement for unity among Native American peoples in response to American aggression in the early nineteenth century. In Tecumseh and the Quest for Indian Leadership, historian David Edmunds looks at Tecumseh's life in the context of the bitter struggles that tore the Ohio Valley apart in the era from the American Revolution to the War of 1812. This was the period that encompassed all of Tecumseh's life as well as that of his brother, Tenskwatawa, known as "The Prophet." Tecumseh witnessed almost constant warfare in which Native peoples in the Ohio Valley ultimately lost. He also saw American settlers moving into Native lands, a development that accompanied the destruction of Shawnee and other Indian cultures. His brother led a spiritual movement that called for a return to old Indian ways as a means of driving out the oppressor and restoring Shawnee culture. Tecumseh coupled a movement for political unity with this revival, and, after a disastrous treaty in 1809, became the leader of the overall movement. Edmunds shows that his position was solidified after the Prophet was defeated at the Battle of Tippecanoe and that Tecumseh turned to the British for support in the War of 1812. Having attempted with limited success to rally support for the cause from southern Creeks and Choctaws, among others, Tecumseh died at the Battle of the Thames. Overall, Edmunds portrays Tecumseh as a great war leader and a diplomat alongside his equally important brother, who in many ways is as much the subject of this biography as Tecumseh himself.

dbello eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Tecumseh was born in the Ohio country in 1768 and died in Canada in 1813 at the Battle of Moraviontown Canada 1813.  Tecumseh used the tensions between the U.S. and Great Britain to rally the Native American tribes against the Americans' continued westward expansion.  In an effort to stop the ever increasing white settlement pattern, Tecumseh was able to unify many different Native American tribes.  Tecumseh possessed tremendous negotiating skills and his diplomatic approach in unifying the tribes is commended by historians.  Tecumseh's personality emulated respect, humility, and strength of character.  These traits were responsible for his success as a tribal leader.

Enotes provides additional information on the book.  Check out the site listed below, it will assist you in your summary analysis.