The central theme of the articles is the relations of that the United States government attempted to establish and the obstacles they faced in their push for a united nation. The hostilities presented by the Indians for the fear of the erosion of their culture and their autonomy. The articles illustrate the struggle for unity and the treaties that that were enforced. With the growing strength of the white man, the tribes realized the need for unity. The tribes of Choctaws and Chickasaws are called to unite for greater strength that had the capacity to match that of the white man.
The articles therefore advocate for unity by demonstrating most of the benefits of this unity. The pivotal reason given for this unity is based on historical facts on the Choctaws and Chickasaws that have impacted on their ways of life. One aspect that is also featured in these articles is the broad aspect of race and how it impacts on the lives of these native communities. The orator uses the techniques of both praise and insults to encourage their tribes to unite and get into action in repelling threats from the white men. The article is a brief analysis of the life of Tecumseh and his brother who assumed leadership in their respective tribes and had profound influence on their tribes.
One particular aspect of the article I found interesting was the techniques employed by Tecumseh in his attempts to rally the tribes into action. Tecumseh employs various techniques to achieve his objective by insulting, praising, appealing, warning and instructing Choctaws and Chickasaws to remain united. In addition to the above, the orator has employed rhetoric to reinforce the intensity and seriousness of his message.
The readings in this segment expound s on the history of America. It reinforces literature the have been covered in class especially the formative years of the United States and the struggle for unity. Furthermore, these readings offer deep insight into the struggle of the native tribes to deter the expansionist culture of the white men and intended domination.
In the analysis of the readings, Tecumseh insists that the Native American must unite for the fear of the white men. This is illustrated by Blaisdell and Blaisdell (2000) in stating that “the whites are already nearly a match for us all united and too strong for any one tribe to resist; so that unless we support one another with our collective and united forces, we will be driven away from our native country and scattered as autumnal leaves before the wind.” This does not only illustrate the fear of the white man, they fear losing their ancestral land. The benefit for unity is the ability to draw a strong and united force capable of checking the ambitions of the Whiteman.