The Shawnees and Their Neighbors in Review
The Shawnees and Their Neighbors, 1795-1870 by Stephen Warren looks into the lives of Native Americans in the Old Northwest. This time was characterized by warfare and failed compromises between the Americans and Native Americans. Native Americans faced failure and removal much in part due to their inability to combine forces to fight against, or seek to gain rights from the American frontiersmen.
Stephen Warren is speaking at the Wiping Away the Tears: The Battle of Tippecanoe in History and Memory, which is a symposium that marks the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Tippecanoe. Warren received his Ph.D at Indiana University and now is a professor at Augustana College, a small liberal arts school which has a strong history program that resides in Illinois right by the Mississippi River and Iowa border. Warren is very familiar with this area, much of which is included in the Old Northwest territory, where his book focuses its attention on.
To show the importance of this time era in the Old Northwest, Warren discussed where the Shawnee are now as a culture and how the past has effected their society and way of life. Like many of Native American groups, the Shawnee are currently working to revive their language by teaching it to the next generation in order to salvage their culture. The majority of the book discussed how this important time in the Old Northwest shaped their future as a people. The book is divided up into six sections that are each dedicated to a specific period of time in chronological order. This allows readers a guide for the book and made it easy to look up information by time or by the chapter title.
The first section is dedicated to tribal identity of Native Americans. Much of the information used here was gathered from archival research. The primary source is from the 1823 Governor of Michigan, General Lewis Cass, who ordered his secretary to document Native Americans of the Old...
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