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Chief Tecumseh: “Speech to the Osages”

Film clip. Voices of a People’s History.
Dramatic reading of Chief Tecumseh’s “Speech to the Osages” (Winter 1811-1812) by Deepa Fernandes.

Time Periods: 19th Century, 1800
Themes: Environment, Native American

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Chief Tecumseh’s Speech to the Osages (Winter 1811-1812)

Chief Tecumseh earned a reputation for his skills in fighting white settlers and the militas in the Midwest. He and his brother worked to unify Native Americans to struggle collectively against the colonists as they expanded westward.

In the video below, Chief Tecumseh’s Speech to the Osages is read by Deepa Fernandes on March 10, 2007, at The Great Hall at Cooper Union, New York, NY. The excerpt is from Voices of a People’s History of the United States edited by Howard Zinn and Anthony Arnove.

Deepa Fernandes reads Tecumseh’s Speech to the Osages (Winter 1811-1812) from Voices of a People’s History on Vimeo.

More video clips can be found at the Voices of a People’s History website and in the film The People Speak.

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