Pontiac and the Indian Uprising

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Overview

First published in 1947, Pontiac and the Indian Uprising is a product of his time; it is both informative and reflective of the attitudes that existed fifty years ago about Native Americans. Howard Peckham examines how Pontiac was able to lead four tribes to war and inspire the revolt of many more. He looks at the circumstances that motivated and encouraged him, and finally, at Pontiac's eventual failure.

This comprehensive investigation of Pontiac's life was difficult because, unable to write, he left no collection of papers. All of his contemporaries who wrote about him were also his enemies, so obtaining an objective picture from them was nearly impossible. Peckham used important source material that enabled him to understand the Ottawa chief and to trace his movements with some continuity. The book includes, in full, the few letters that Pontiac dictated and his speeches.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reprint of the work originally published in 1947 by Princeton University Press on Pontiac's conspiracy. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814324691
  • Publisher: Wayne State University Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/1994
  • Series: Great Lakes Books Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Howard H. Peckham is the former diector of the William L. Clements Library at the University of Michigan.
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Table of Contents

Maps and Illustrations
Foreword to the Great Lakes Books Edition
Foreword
1 His Background 1
2 His Early Life 15
3 His First Activity 30
4 The Ottawas in the French and Indian War 40
5 The British Occupy Detroit 57
6 Peacemaking at Detroit 76
7 Origin of Pontiac's War 92
8 The Plot and Its Discovery 112
9 The First Blows 130
10 The Problem of Supplies 145
11 Victories Beyond Detroit 156
12 The News Travels East 171
13 Progress of the Siege 180
14 From Bloody Bridge to Bushy Run 201
15 The War on the Settlements 214
16 The East End of Lake Erie 221
17 The Siege is Raised 229
18 Pontiac Escapes Punishment 243
19 Reluctant Submission 265
20 Formal Treaty Negotiations 288
21 Peace - and Persecution 298
22 Assassination - and Fame 309
23 Retrospect 319
Acknowledgments 323
Bibliography 326
Index 333
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