At the turn of the nineteenth century, the British Empire is at the height of its ascendancy; Napoleonic France is struggling to maintain its position as a world power; and the incumbent American empire is quickly expanding its territory, while the Native peoples struggle to establish their own confederacy, their own independent nation.
Bestselling author, historian, political scientist, and scholar James Laxer offers a fresh and compelling view of this decisive war which historians have long treated as a second American revolution by bringing to life the Native struggle for nationhood and sovereignty; the battle between the British Empire and the United States over Upper and Lower Canada; and finally, at the heart of it, the unlikely friendship and political alliance of two towering figures of history: Tecumseh, the Shawnee chieftain and charismatic leader of the Native confederacy, and Major-General Sir Isaac Brock, protector and defender of the British Empire.
Highly engaging and impeccably researched, Tecumseh and Brock is a powerful work of history, an epic story of empires and emerging nations, of politics and power, and of two leaders whose legacy still lives on today.
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About the Author
James Laxer is the bestselling and award-winning author of nineteen books, including Stalking the Elephant: My Discovery of America (published by the New Press in New York as Discovering America ) and The Border: Canada, the U.S. and Dispatches from the Forty-ninth Parallel. A professor of political science at York University in Toronto and one of Canada’s leading political thinkers, Laxer is frequently consulted for commentary on current national and global issues by the media. He lives in Toronto.
Table of Contents
Author's Note ix
Introduction: Two Wars in One 1
Chapter 1 Tecumseh, the Shooting Star 7
Chapter 2 A Warrior's Odyssey 29
Chapter 3 A New Power 45
Chapter 4 Isaac Brock and the Defence of the Canadas 61
Chapter 5 Showdown 77
Chapter 6 The Prophet 95
Chapter 7 Brock on the Eve of War 109
Chapter 8 The United States Declares War on Great Britain 123
Chapter 9 Two Warriors 143
Chapter 10 The Capture of Fort Detroit 149
Chapter 11 Death of the General if 163
Chapter 12 York in Flames 179
Chapter 13 Tecumseh's Last Days 195
Chapter 14 The Creek War 211
Chapter 15 Out of the Furnace of War, an Upper Canadian Identity 229
Chapter 16 Bloody Niagara 247
Chapter 17 Rockets' Red Glare 257
Chapter 18 American Victories at Lake Champlain and New Orleans 279
Chapter 19 The Treaty of Ghent 293
Epilogue: Two Mysteries 297
Select Bibliography 329