Gallop Toward the Sun: Tecumseh and William Henry Harrison's Struggle for the Destiny of a Nation

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Gallop Toward the Sun: Tecumseh and William Henry Harrison's Struggle for the Destiny of a Nation

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A vivid account of the rivalry between future president William Henry Harrison and the Shawnee chief Tecumseh—and of the Native American alliance that fought westward expansion—from the New York Times bestselling author of Astoria

“Taut, multi-layered . . . a much-needed reevaluation of this crucial period of our nation’s history.”—Laurence Bergreen, author of Over the Edge of the World

The conquest of Indigenous land in the eastern United States through corrupt treaties and genocidal violence laid the groundwork for the conquest of the American West. In Gallop Toward the Sun, acclaimed author Peter Stark exposes the fundamental conflicts at play through the little-known but consequential struggle between two extraordinary leaders.

William Henry Harrison was born to a prominent Virginia family, the son of a signer of the Declaration of Independence. He journeyed west, became governor of the vast Indiana Territory, and sought statehood by attracting settlers and imposing one-sided treaties.

Tecumseh, by all accounts one of the nineteenth century’s greatest leaders, belonged to an honored line of Shawnee warriors and chiefs. His father, killed while fighting the Virginians flooding into Kentucky, extracted a promise from his sons to “never give in” to the land-hungry Americans. An eloquent speaker, Tecumseh traveled from Minnesota to Florida and west to the Great Plains convincing far-flung tribes to join a great confederacy and face down their common enemy. Eager to stop U.S. expansion, the British backed Tecumseh’s confederacy in a series of battles during the forgotten western front of the War of 1812 that would determine control over the North American continent.

Tecumseh’s brave stand was likely the last chance to protect Indigenous people from U.S. expansion—and prevent the upstart United States from becoming a world power. In this fast-paced narrative—with its sharply drawn characters, high-stakes diplomacy, and bloody battles—Peter Stark brings this pivotal moment to life.

Peter Stark is an adventure and exploration writer and historian. Born in Wisconsin, he studied English and anthropology at Dartmouth College and took a master’s in journalism from the University of Wisconsin. A longtime correspondent for Outside magazine, Stark has also been published in SmithsonianThe New YorkerThe New York Times Magazine, and Men’s Journal. His book Astoria was a New York Times bestseller, received a PEN USA literary award nomination, and was adapted into an epic two-part play. His Young Washington: How Wilderness and War Forged America’s Founding Father was named a finalist for the 2019 George Washington Book Prize.

ISBN: 9780593133613

ISBN-10: 9780593133613

Publisher: Random House

Publication Date: 08/29/2023 - 12:00am

On Sale: 08/29/2023 - 12:00am

Pages: 416

Language: English


History / United States / 19th Century

History / Indigenous Peoples of the Americas

Biography & Autobiography / Military