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Author Kuron talks about controversy over the death of Native American leader Tecumseh

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Frank Kuron signs his book Thus Fell Tecumseh, with NOWF member Betty Lloyd from Waterville. Frank Kuron signs his book Thus Fell Tecumseh, with NOWF member Betty Lloyd from Waterville.
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Tips for writing about history were presented today by author Frank Kuron during a Northwest Ohio Writers Forum meeting at the Way Public Library, 101 E. Indiana Ave. in Perrysburg.

Mr. Kuron of Toledo is the author of the book Thus Fell Tecumseh about the controversy over the death of Native American leader Tecumseh during the War of 1812. He has also written several articles about the War of 1812.

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A graphic artist and freelance writer who describes himself as an early American history enthusiast, Mr. Kuron spent six years researching Tecumseh and decided to make Tecumseh's death the focus of the book. He said that death helped shape the area’s history by ending Indian resistance to white expansion in the Northwest Territory, which at that time included Michigan, Ohio, and Indiana, he said in a recent Blade interview. 

“It was his idea to unite the independent tribes into a confederation, and he was successful. Had he not been killed, there’s a good chance he may have succeeded in getting more tribes from the western areas to join him,” Mr. Kuron said.

Tecumseh was killed in battle near what today is the city of Chatham, during the War of 1812, which was fought against the British and their Indian allies. The circumstances of his death are not entirely clear, although Col. Richard Johnson took credit and used it in his later political career. He became vice president of the United States in 1837, serving in the administration of President Martin Van Buren, and before that represented Kentucky in the United States House of Representatives and Senate. A campaign slogan was “Rumpsey Dumpsey, Rumpsey Dumpsey, Colonel Johnson killed Tecumseh.”

Mr. Kuron has said others may have had a hand the killing and they let Johnson get the credit. Tecumseh’s burial site is a mystery, according to the author.

The Northwest Ohio Writers Forum has been providing education, inspiration, and motivation for writers of all genres since 1983.

Its meetings, open to the public, are held on the third Saturday of each month except July, August, and December at various branches of the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library. 

Annual membership fee is $25 a year and $15 for students. Meetings offer a creative, supportive environment, the group says. Topics can range from crafting dialogue to copyright law to freelance writing. For more information about the group, 

send an email to info@nwowf.org or call 419-202-0642.



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