Peter Cozzens in conversation with Bob Drury discussing Tecumseh and the Prophet

Wednesday, August 4, 2021 - 7:00pm
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Peter Cozzens in conversation with Bob Drury discussing Tecumseh and the Prophet


Wednesday, August 4, 2021 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm EST

LOCATION: Virtual Event Hosted on ZOOM


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Join us for a special conversation with Peter Cozzens and Bob Drury, in collaboration with Kentucky Humanities, home of the Kentucky Book Festival.

The first biography of the great Shawnee leader 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. In previous accounts of Tecumseh's life, Tenskwatawa has been dismissed as a talentless charlatan and a drunk. But award-winning historian Peter Cozzens now shows us that while Tecumseh was a brilliant diplomat and war leader--admired by the same white Americans he opposed--it was Tenskwatawa, called the "Shawnee Prophet," who created a vital doctrine of religious and cultural revitalization that unified the disparate tribes of the Old Northwest. Detailed research of Native American society and customs provides a window into a world often erased from history books and reveals how both men came to power in different but no less important ways.

Cozzens brings us 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, who, Cozzens helps us understand, should be writ large in the annals of America.


Peter Cozzens is the author or editor of sixteen 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. He lives in Kensington, Maryland.


Bob Drury is the recipient of several national journalism awards and is a three-time National Magazine Award finalist as well as a Pulitzer Prize nominee. Drury honed his investigative skills writing for all four New York City newspapers as well as a variety of national publications. His journalism career has arced from sports to crime to adventure travel to foreign correspondence. He is also the author or co-author of ten non-fiction books, including The New York Times bestsellers Blood and Treasure, The Heart of Everything That Is, The Last Stand of Fox Company, and Halsey’s Typhoon.

Tecumseh and the Prophet: The Shawnee Brothers Who Defied a Nation Cover Image
ISBN: 9781524733254
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Published: Knopf - October 27th, 2020

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