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Description - The Collected Speeches of Sagoyewatha, or Red Jacket by Granville Ganter

In the first collection of a Native American orator's speeches, Granville Ganter presents the complete speeches of Red Jacket or Sagoyewatha (Shay-go-ye-watha), a formidable diplomat and one of the most famous Native American orators of the nineteenth century. As a representative of the Seneca and the Six Nations, Red Jacket negotiated with American presidents from George Washington to Andrew Jackson, establishing a legacy that continues to influence discussions of native sovereignty and cultural identity. In speeches spanning over forty years, he eloquently voiced the rights of Native Americans, opposing the encroachment of white man's religion and culture and the sale of native lands. Presenting more than fifty speeches of Red Jacket, some previously unpublished and others revised using modern standards of textual editing, this volume encourages a wider readership of Red Jacket's work. Ganter's accompanying essays offer a detailed historical framework, presenting archival research about the interpreters and the circumstances of each speech. The great majority of Red Jacket's speeches were interpreted by reliable translators who were often chosen by the Senecas for their accuracy. This edition spans Red Jacket's political career from 1790 to 1830 and includes major addresses to Presidents Washington, Adams, and Monroe. Additionally, it contains original versions of his speeches to evangelical missionaries and land speculators, which circulated for nearly 150 years after Red Jacket's death. This book will stand as the definitive critical edition of Red Jacket's speeches and as a remarkable record of Native American political history. It will be of crucial interest to historians and literary scholars of Native American studies.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780815630968
ISBN-10: 0815630964
Format: Hardback
(229mm x 152mm x mm)
Pages: 296
Imprint: Syracuse University Press
Publisher: Syracuse University Press
Publish Date: 19-Jun-2006
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Granville Ganter

Granville Ganter is an associate professor of English at St. John's University. He has written numerous articles on eighteenth- and nineteenth-century literature and oratory.