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Lunch With Books Eyes Tecumseh and His Brother

WHEELING — Ohio County Public Library’s weekly Lunch With Books virtual series will present author Peter Cozzens at noon on Tuesday, Nov. 17, for a look at “Tecumseh and the Prophet: The Shawnee Brothers Who Defied a Nation.

“Tecumseh and the Prophet” is the first biography of the great Shawnee leader in more than 20 years, and the first to make clear that his misunderstood younger brother, Tenskwatawa, was an equal partner in the last great pan-Indian alliance against the United States.

Until the Americans killed Tecumseh in 1813, he and his brother, Tenskwatawa, were the co-architects of the broadest pan-Indian confederation in United States history. Cozzens brings readers to the forefront of the chaos and violence that characterized the young American Republic, when settlers spilled across the Appalachians to bloody effect in their haste to exploit lands won from the British in the War of Independence, disregarding their rightful Indian owners.

“Tecumseh and the Prophet” presents the untold story of the Shawnee brothers who retaliated against this threat — the two most significant siblings in Native American history.

Cozzens is the author or editor of 16 acclaimed books on the American Civil War and the Indian Wars of the American West, and a member of the Advisory Council of the Lincoln Prize. In 2002 he was awarded the American Foreign Service Association’s highest honor, the William R. Rivkin Award, given annually to one Foreign Service Officer for exemplary moral courage, integrity and creative dissent.

The Lunch With Books programs can be viewed live on the Ohio County Public Library’s official Facebook and YouTube sites.


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