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An Account of Sa-Go-Ye-Wat-Ha, or Red Jacket, and His People, 1750-1830   By: (1815-1897)

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An Account of Sa-Go-Ye-Wat-Ha, or Red Jacket, and His People, 1750-1830 is an insightful and thought-provoking work written by John Niles Hubbard. This book sheds light on the life and experiences of Sa-Go-Ye-Wat-Ha, also known as Red Jacket, a prominent Native American leader during the turbulent times of the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Hubbard meticulously delves into the historical context and provides a comprehensive portrayal of Sa-Go-Ye-Wat-Ha's life journey.

One of the notable strengths of this book lies in Hubbard's extensive research. He meticulously combs through various historical records, letters, and interviews to piece together Red Jacket's life story. This attention to detail creates a vivid and authentic narrative that transports readers into the past. Hubbard's thoroughness in gathering sources and contextual information is commendable, as it ensures a comprehensive understanding of the historical period and the events that shaped Red Jacket's life.

The portrayal of Red Jacket is also a highlight of this book. Hubbard presents him as a complex and multidimensional figure, going beyond the stereotypical portrayal of Native American leaders often found in historical accounts. He delves into Red Jacket's political strategies, his role in Native American resistance, and his efforts to navigate the changing dynamics of the time. This nuanced depiction allows readers to appreciate Red Jacket as a skilled diplomat, a powerful orator, and a defender of his people's rights.

Hubbard's writing style is clear and engaging, making An Account of Sa-Go-Ye-Wat-Ha, or Red Jacket, and His People, 1750-1830 accessible to a wide range of readers. While the book does delve into historical events and details, Hubbard manages to present them in a manner that is both informative and engaging. He strikes a balance between scholarly research and storytelling, making this book an enjoyable and educational read.

However, one aspect that could be improved in this book is its brevity. At times, it feels as though certain events or topics are glossed over, leaving readers craving more in-depth analysis or details. Expanding on some of these aspects would have further enriched the narrative and provided a deeper understanding of Red Jacket's significance in history.

Overall, An Account of Sa-Go-Ye-Wat-Ha, or Red Jacket, and His People, 1750-1830 is a valuable contribution to the field of Native American history. John Niles Hubbard's meticulous research, combined with his engaging storytelling, brings Sa-Go-Ye-Wat-Ha to life, shedding light on the struggles, triumphs, and complexities of Native American leadership during this transformative period. This book is an essential read for anyone interested in Native American history or the political and social dynamics of early America.

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To the Hon. Henry G. Hubbard, of Middletown, Conn.

DEAR SIR: Your name, associated with many pleasant memories in the past, and in later years with substantial tokens of esteem, is held in grateful recollection; and the hope that these pages may serve to interest an occasional leisure hour, has led to their being inscribed to you, by your friend and relative.



The "Life and Times of Red Jacket" by Colonel William L. Stone, has been before the public for many years. The industry and ability of the author have made it a work of great value, and his extensive researches have left but little room for anything new to be said, by one coming after him. Yet the fact need not be concealed that many, who were intimately acquainted with Red Jacket, were disappointed when they came to read his biography. If it had been prepared under the direct influence and superintendence of Thayendanegea, or Brant, it could not have reflected more truly the animus of that distinguished character. Red Jacket in his day was the subject, at different times of much angry feeling, and jealousy. The author has not taken pains to embalm it, in these memorials of the great orator of the Senecas... Continue reading book >>

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