79 Tecumseh Research Questions

  1. Tecumseh’s “Speech to the Osages” (1811) is often celebrated in Native American history as one of the earliest rhetorical attempts to unite indigenous peoples–across tribal identities–against the encroachment of “the white man.” In at least one paragraph response, consider how Tecumseh’s speech is producing nineteenth-century notions or ideas about race. Ways you might approach this question:
  • Describe how the “white men” are depicted,
  • Describe the characteristics, values, and experiences that unite indigenous peoples,
  • Connect this speech to the early history of “manifest destiny,” and/or
  • Compare this text to the rhetoric of Frederick Douglass’s “Fourth of July” speech.

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