Do remember learning about the First Thanksgiving in school? What do you remember? Or, what do you know about the Trail of Tears and what created it? And, what precipitated the Great Indian Plains Wars of the 1800s? What other portrayals of Native People do you recall from your school days? In this class, we will be examining numerous events in Native American History, trying to discern what is fact and what is fiction. Each week we will examine events and try to reconcile them as they have been portrayed in the American mainstream media and history textbooks. Dust off your old schoolbooks, and let’s dig in!
Session Two: Tecumseh & the Shawnee Prophet
As the East Coast of North America was overrun by colonial settlers, the continent began a transition from British rule to American dominance. The push came from over one-and-a-half million settlers squeezing into the area of New England. Gazing West, the Ohio Valley became an alluring piece of real estate where settlers had previously been prevented from moving because of the British rule, though many had defied the Proclamation of 1763 and usurped territory occupied by several Native tribes. Lead by Tecumseh, the Shawnee Tribe and several other tribes decided to make a stand about losing their land.