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Oct. 9, 2022

4.12 - The Two Shawnee Brothers

4.12 - The Two Shawnee Brothers

Year(s) Discussed: c. 1764-1810

In the latter decades of the 18th and the first decade of the 19th century, native peoples in the old Northwest found themselves under threat from a westward push from Europeans wishing to settle on their lands and being treated as pawns in conflicts between European powers and the US. Out of this chaotic time, two key leaders emerged - Tecumseh and Tenskwatawa - who would devote themselves to the cause of restoring native cultures and societal structures and rally support to push back against the near-constant demands by US officials for greater land cessions. Sources used in this episode can be found at https://www.presidenciespodcast.com.


Special thanks to Eric and Matt of the Ranking 76 podcast for providing the intro quotes for this episode, and thanks to Christian of Your Podcast Pal for his audio editing work on this episode!

The Ranking 76 episodes referenced in the episode are as follows:

The transcript for this episode can be found here.

  • Benn, Carl. The Iroquois in the War of 1812. Toronto, Buffalo, and London: University of Toronto Press, 1999 [1998].
  • Cleaves, Freeman. Old Tippecanoe: William Henry Harrison and His Time. Newtown, CT: American Political Biography Press, 2010 [1939].
  • Edmunds, R David. The Shawnee Prophet. Lincoln, NE and London: University of Nebraska Press, 1983.
  • Feldman, Jay. When the Mississippi Ran Backwards: Empire, Intrigue, Murder, and the New Madrid Earthquakes. New York: Free Press, 2005.
  • Goebel, Dorothy Burne. William Henry Harrison: A Political Biography. Philadelphia: Porcupine Press, 1974 [1926].
  • Hurt, R Douglas. The Ohio Frontier: Crucible of the Old Northwest, 1720-1830. Bloomington, IN and Indianapolis, IN: Indiana University Press, 1996.
  • Landry, Jerry. The Presidencies of the United States. 2017-2022. http://presidencies.blubrry.com.
  • Owens, Robert M. Jefferson’s Hammer: William Henry Harrison and the Origins of American Indian Policy. Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma Press, 2007.
  • Sugden, John. Tecumseh: A Life. New York: Henry Holt and Co, 1997.

Featured Images:

  • "A painting of Shawnee chief Tecumseh" attributed to Owen Staples [c. 1915], courtesy of Wikipedia
  • "Ten-sqúat-a-way, The Open Door, Known as The Prophet, Brother of Tecumseh" by George Catway [c. 1830/1832], courtesy of Wikipedia

Intro and Outro Music: Selections from “Jefferson and Liberty” as performed by The Itinerant Band