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The Resource William Wells and the struggle for the Old Northwest, by William Heath

William Wells and the struggle for the Old Northwest, by William Heath

Label
William Wells and the struggle for the Old Northwest
Title
William Wells and the struggle for the Old Northwest
Statement of responsibility
by William Heath
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Born to Anglo-American parents on the Appalachian frontier, captured by the Miami Indians at the age of thirteen, and adopted into the tribe, William Wells (1770-1812) moved between two cultures all his life but was comfortable in neither. Vilified by some historians for his divided loyalties, he remains relatively unknown even though he is worthy of comparison with such famous frontiersmen as Daniel Boone and Davy Crockett. William Heath's thoroughly researched book is the first biography of this man-in-the-middle. A servant of empire with deep sympathies for the people his country sought to dispossess, Wells married Chief Little Turtle's daughter and distinguished himself as a Miami warrior, as an American spy, and as an Indian agent whose multilingual skills made him a valuable interpreter. Heath examines pioneer life in the Ohio Valley from both white and Indian perspectives, yielding rich insights into Wells's career as well as broader events on the post-revolutionary American frontier, where Anglo-Americans pushing westward competed with the Indian nations of the Old Northwest for control of territory. Wells's unusual career, Heath emphasizes, earned him a great deal of ill will. Because he warned the U.S. government against Tecumseh's confederacy and the Tenskwatawa's “religiously mad” followers, he was hated by those who supported the Shawnee leaders. Because he came to question treaties he had helped bring about, and cautioned the Indians about their harmful effects, he was distrusted by Americans. Wells is a complicated hero, and his conflicted position reflects the decline of coexistence and cooperation between two cultures
Award
Spur Award for Historical Nonfiction, 2016.
Biography type
individual biography
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10516210
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1942-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Heath, William
Dewey number
  • 976.9/03092
  • B
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
E99.M48
LC item number
W454 2015
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Wells, William
  • Miami Indians
  • Northwest, Old
  • Indian agents
  • Soldiers
  • Indians of North America
  • Miami Indians
Target audience
adult
Label
William Wells and the struggle for the Old Northwest, by William Heath
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Life and death on Beargrass Creek -- Becoming Miami -- Warpaths -- Little Turtle triumphant -- William Wells, American spy -- Scouting for Mad Anthony Wayne -- Interpreting peace -- Civilizing the Indians -- Confronting Tecumseh -- Death at Fort Dearborn
Control code
20384372
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xviii, 500 pages
Isbn
9780806151199
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
2014026613
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
Label
William Wells and the struggle for the Old Northwest, by William Heath
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Life and death on Beargrass Creek -- Becoming Miami -- Warpaths -- Little Turtle triumphant -- William Wells, American spy -- Scouting for Mad Anthony Wayne -- Interpreting peace -- Civilizing the Indians -- Confronting Tecumseh -- Death at Fort Dearborn
Control code
20384372
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xviii, 500 pages
Isbn
9780806151199
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
2014026613
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations, maps

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