Tecumseh Argue Against The Idea That The Indians Are A Collection Of Indians

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Tecumseh ‘Once a happy race. Since made miserable’ (1810)
1. How does Tecumseh argue against the idea that the Indians are a collection of separate tribes? In the early 1800, as Americans were expanding their territories westward many native Americans were affected by this action. Many of the tribes fought back but they were weaker than the Americans. It wasn’t until the great warrior Tecumseh and his brother ‘the Prophet’ proposed to unite all native American nations in order to defeat the Americans. The two Shawnee brothers toured across native American lands preaching and convincing others to unite and fight against the colonists. In one of these occasions, Tecumseh made a speech addressing the problem between native Americans and the colonists. In his speech, Tecumseh argues against the thought that Indians are a collection of separate tribes by conveying the idea that it is necessary for Indians to unite as a whole. Throughout his speech, Tecumseh refers to his fellow native Americans as ‘brothers’ showing unity. Tecumseh urges the need for collaboration before the Americans take everything away from them. Tecumseh describes the current situation by saying “the way, and the only way, to check and to stop this evil, is for all the red men …show more content…

Tecumseh claims that this decision has to be made by everyone as a whole because it will eventually affect everyone. Tecumseh states in his speech that “they may sell, but all must join. Any sale not made by all is not valid”. Tecumseh’s argument illustrates the mistrust he has towards Americans. During this time period, many native Americans were helping the British troops defeat the American colonists hoping that when the conflict was over, the British would give them back their lands. However, the war of 1812 was a victory for the American

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