Analysis Of Tecumseh's Speech To The Osages

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Tecumseh’s Speech to the Osages, which he is believed to have given to his fellow Native Americans around 1811, is extremely powerful and passionate. What makes his speech powerful is the fact that it is his response to the events carried out by the colonists toward the Native Americans, which included the stealing of their land and the killing of their people. This clearly has a large impact on Tecumseh and the audience, which is evident throughout the speech. While speaking in front of the Osages, Tecumseh begs for the Native Americans to unify themselves against the white men as they expand westward, killing their people. He states that if they do not come together, they stand no chance against the colonists, his words being: “Brothers - If you do not unite with us, they will first destroy us; they wish to make us enemies, that they may sweep over and desolate our hunting grounds, like devastating winds, or rushing waters.” This would have been very alarming to me if I were a Native American listening to the speech being given, knowing that my people and I were in actual danger of such heinous things as murder or even genocide. Tecumseh also talks about the colonist’s development from seemingly weak but friendly companions, to horifying killers that are targeting them. He explains this in depth in the following quote: “Brothers - When the white men first set foot on our grounds, they were hungry; they had no place on to which to spread their blankets, or to

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