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The Story of Tecumseh by Norman S. Gurd


Upper Canada Press is pleased to offer a newly indexed reprint of The Story of Tecumseh by barrister Norman S. Gurd. Originally published in 1912, it was the culmination of three years of labour spent searching every available source, and combing over scores of books and available documents, many of which were at the Canadian Archives. The result, written from the British point of view, is a vividly detailed biography of Tecumseh, including in-depth accounts and descriptions of Tecumseh’s early life, Indian customs, his relationship with his brother “The Prophet,” events during the War of 1812, the surrender of Hull at Detroit, accounts of various Indian councils, and finally his death. Written in a popular and entertaining style, and rich with illustrations, this book was described by one reviewer as “…a faithful portrait of the great chieftain [that] pays splendid and worthy tribute to the nobility of his nature and to his patriotic service in behalf of his race.”

“Less than a century has elapsed since the death of Tecumseh, but in that short period of time, the figure of the great Shawanoe has become shadowy and unreal. The place and date of his birth are uncertain, his burial place is unknown. No authentic portrait has come down to us, and the descriptions of his appearance are varied and contradictory. To the Indians he has become a hero as legendary as Hiawatha. He is remembered by Canadians as the leader of the Indian allies of the Crown in the War of 1812, but few realize the extent of his services to Canada in her hour of need.

Tecumseh appeared in Canada on the eve of the War of 1812. Events succeeded each other so rapidly in that desperate struggle that historians of the period make but brief mention of the heroic chief who was to them one of the players in the great drama then being enacted.” [From the Preface]

Also see our accompanying book The Story of Isaac Brock, which was also part of the “Canadian Heroes” series.


Format: 5.5" x 8.5" perfect bound paperback on acid-free white paper with gloss laminate cover
: 244 including table of contents, preface, text, bibliography and  complete index

Illustrations: Historical images, line drawings of forts, maps, photographs
ISBN  13: 978-0-9842256-7-5
ISBN 10: 0-9842256-2-5

LCCN: 2010905269
Price: $18.95
Note: This is a facsimile reprint of the original edition published in 1909.

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This product was added to our catalog on Thursday 09 June, 2011.

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