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About this book
James Laxer • Richard Rudnicki
Longlisted for the Children's Literature Roundtables of Canada Information Book Award
Two hundred years after his death, the Shawnee chief Tecumseh is still considered one of the greatest leaders of North America's First Peoples. This richly illustrated biography tells the story of his remarkable life, culminating in the War of 1812.
Tecumseh, born in 1768, lived during turbulent times: the thirteen colonies revolted against British rule, becoming the United States in 1776, and settlers had begun to push westward, rapidly encroaching on the traditional lands of the First Peoples. Tecumseh realized that unless the tribes came together to form a great confederacy, they would never be able to hold onto their land. And so he began to travel great distances, encouraging many tribes to join forces with him against the Americans.
On June 18, 1812, the US declared war on Great Britain. Tecumseh sided with the British, hoping to create an independent native state north of the Ohio River. He developed a magnetic friendship with Major General Isaac Brock, commander of the British troops in Upper Canada, and together they took Fort Detroit. Tecumseh and Brock agreed that one of the goals of their alliance should be to restore lands that had been taken from native peoples. But shortly afterwards Brock was killed in the Battle of Queenston Heights. Tecumseh rallied those loyal to him and fought on relentlessly, but was killed in the Battle of Moraviantown in 1813. Tecumseh's dreams were never fulfilled, but he remains a symbol of justice for the First Peoples of North America.
Tecumseh will be published on the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812. The book includes an epilogue, a timeline, a glossary and maps.
About the Creators
JAMES LAXER is the award-winning author of more than twenty-five books, including Staking Claims to a Continent, the #1 national bestseller Tecumseh and Brock: The War of 1812, Stalking an Elephant: My Discovery of America (published by the New Press in New York as Discovering America), and The Border: Canada, the U.S., and Dispatches from the Forty-Ninth Parallel. He is a professor of political science in the Department of Equity Studies at York University. He lives in Toronto.
Richard Rudnicki is an artist known for his paintings of Nova Scotia as well as for his award-winning children’s books. His picture books include Tecumseh by James Laxer, which was nominated for the Children’s Literature Roundtables of Canada’s Information Book Award, and Gracie, the Public Gardens Duck by Judith Meyrick, winner of the Lillian Shepherd Memorial Award for Excellence in Illustration.
Awards and Praise
- Long-listed Children's Literature Roundtables of Canada Information Book Award, 2013