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After Tippecanoe

Some Aspects of the War of 1812

Philip P. Mason

Publication Year: 2012

Though the Shawnee chief Tecumseh attempted to form a confederacy of tribes to stem the tide of white settlement in the Old Northwest, in November of 1811, the Americans marched to his village at the mouth of Tippecanoe Creek. The ensuing battle ended all hope of an Indian federation and had far-reaching effects on American and British relations. The British, blamed for providing the Indians with arms, drew the ire of hawks in Congress, who clamored ever more loudly for a war to end England’s power in North America. Revised with a new introduction and updated biographical information, After Tippecanoe contains six papers originally presented as lectures in Windsor, Canada, and Detroit, Michigan, during the winter of 1961–62 by three American and three Canadian historians. Their focus is the War of 1812 as it unfolded in the Great Lakes region, with special emphasis on the conflict in Michigan, New York, and Ontario, Canada.

Published by: Michigan State University Press


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pp. vii-viii

After Tippecanoe: Some Aspects of the War of 1812 consists of six lectures presented in 1961-62 in Detroit and Windsor, Canada. Known as the Quaife-Bayliss Lectures, they were sponsored by the Algonquin Club, an international organization of men interested...

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pp. ix-xiii

As Hazen E. Kunz, then president of the Algonquin Club, pointed out in the foreword to After Tippecanoe: Some Aspects of the War of 1812, the lectures published here were presented in Windsor, Ontario, and Detroit, Michigan, during the winter of 1961–62. ...

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pp. 3-8

The treaty that ended the War of American Independence in 1783 failed to provide a foundation for a firm and lasting peace between England and her former colonies. British fur traders protested the surrender of the territory south of the Great Lakes, and the Indian allies of the British felt themselves betrayed...

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The Coming of the War

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pp. 9-16

Throughout the nineteenth century, historians interpreted the causes of the War of 1812 with remarkable consistency. They simply enlarged upon President Madison’s War Message. Henry Adams, in his magnificent history of the period, had thrown...

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Sir Isaac Brock: The Hero of Queenston Heights

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pp. 17-27

Just over one hundred and fifty years ago, on December 2, 1811, Major General Isaac Brock, commander of the forces in Upper Canada, addressed a remarkable dispatch to his superior officer Sir George Prevost, Governor-in-Chief at Quebec. In it...

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The Contribution of the Canadian Militia During the War

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pp. 28-48

The principle that the male population of a country owes military service to the state in times of war has roots deep in Canadian history. In the seventeenth century, in the early years of the Ancien R

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Naval Power on the Great Lakes, 1812-1814

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pp. 49-59

Writers of textbooks have often failed to make the War of 1812 comprehensible. The story emerges as a series of apparently disconnected naval and military episodes, lacking any visible pattern and making no particular sense. The war can be understood only through a mastery of simple but fundamental strategic...

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The Role of the Indian in the War

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pp. 60-77

For the Indians, as for the major contenders, the events of the period from 1812 to 1815 were inextricably bound up with the history of the previous half-century. During the War of 1812 the Indians made their last great effort to retain at least a portion of the land between the Ohio and the Mississippi Rivers. ...

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Kentucky in the Northwest Campaign

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pp. 78-98

On January 3, 1809, Henry Clay, a member of the Kentucky House of Representatives, introduced a resolution urging members of that body to clothe themselves henceforth in fabrics of American manufacture. 1 The Fayette County farmer-lawyer had already prepared for himself a suit out of his own Ashland...


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pp. 99-104

E-ISBN-13: 9781609172091
Print-ISBN-13: 9781611860023

Page Count: 120
Publication Year: 2012