by Allan Eckert
Volume 6 in the "Winning of America" series.ï¾
The sixth volume in The Winning of America Series continues the tale of America's westward expansion and the trickery, warfare, purchase, theft, and treaty through which it was achieved. Eckert immerses the reader in the history of the Northwest Territories, the Louisiana Purchase, and the Black Hawk War of 1832. The influx of settlers found a deadly obstacle in the form of a Sac war chief named Black Hawk who refused to honor a treaty of 1804 to move his people west of the Mississippi.
Twilight of Empire, the sixth volume in Allan Eckert's highly acclaimed The Winning of America series, continues the tale of America's westward expansion and the trickery, warfare, purchase, theft, and treaty through which it was achieved.
As with The Frontiersman, Wilderness Empire, The Conquerors, The Wilderness War, and Gateway to Empire, this volume is actual history made vividly immediate through the lives of the memorable individuals who lived it. Picking up in time roughly where he left off in Gateway to Empire, Eckert immerses the reader in the history of the Northwest Territories and the Louisiana Purchase during the first half of the nineteenth century as he relates the dramatic events presaging and composing the Black Hawk War of 1832. It is a story with heroes and scoundrels on both sides and is peopled with men whose names have gone down in history. Positions from sheriffs to judges, from congressmen to presidents, were filled by men who participated in one way or another in this war; among the characters we meet are the young William Henry Harrison, Colonel Zachary Taylor, Captain Abraham Lincoln, and Captain William Clark of the famed expedition.
When appointed Governor of Indiana Territory at the age of twenty-seven by President John Adams, the precocious and politically ambitious William Henry Harrison knew that his own political fortunes depended upon attracting as many settlers as possible to the frontier, while pushing the Indian tribes west of the Mississippi. The influx of settlers, however, found a deadly obstacle in the form of a Sac war chief named Black Hawk. Powerful and proud, Blackhawk, already known for his bold, odds-defying attacks on rival tribes, refused to honor a treaty of 1804 and move to land west of the Mississippi, and he organized other Indian peoples in resistance against the settlers. He was induced to sign another treaty to relocate west of the river in 1831, but in 1832 he and his warriors were back across it, emerging from a hidden encampment to burn frontier settlements and then vanish like ghosts before the much larger forces of General Henry Atkinson. When the two sides finally do meet, there is one final, bloody battle.
"Reading Eckert is like listening to a master storyteller: he presents his material in vivid detail, using the novelist's technique to enhance dramatic events." --Publishers Weekly
One of the premier chroniclers of our nation's turbulent frontier history, Allan W. Ecker now presents another spellbinding chapter in the conquest of the American wilderness. Here is the powerful, compellingly human story of the white man's struggle to claim the rich land of the Northern Mississippi--ancestral home of the Fox and Sac tribes--from the legendary war chief Black Hawk. Having killed his first enemy at sixteen. This proud, brooding warrior extends a hand in friendship to the Spanish and the British, but harbors a lifelong hatred for the Americans, who once burned his home village. Now charged by the president himself, the ambitious governor of Illinois Territory leads a brave and illustrious group of settlers and soldiers to wrest the beautiful land from a nation of destiny and a noble chieftain fated to be betrayed by his own kind.- Jesse Stuart Foundation
About the author:
Allan W. Eckert, seven-time Pulitzer Prize nominee, has written 39 books, including his award-winning Incident at Hawk's Hill and The Frontiersman, plus numerous other historical narratives, novels and non-fiction works, as well as books for young adults and children.He also wrote scripts for the very successful television series Wild Kingdom for ten years.