Item #9615 BLUE JACKET; War Chief of the Shawnees. Allan W. Eckert.
BLUE JACKET; War Chief of the Shawnees
BLUE JACKET; War Chief of the Shawnees
BLUE JACKET; War Chief of the Shawnees
BLUE JACKET; War Chief of the Shawnees
BLUE JACKET; War Chief of the Shawnees

BLUE JACKET; War Chief of the Shawnees

Boston Toronto: Little, Brown & Company, 1969. Map. Fifth Printing. Cloth. INSCRIBED by the Author; 8vo, tan cloth with blue lettering on spine and cover, illustrated with map of "Blue Jacket's Country," archival mylar-protected pictorial dust jacket (price-clipped) with B&W drawing of Blue Jacket, gold endpapers, x, [xi-xii} + 177 pages. Near Fine / Very Good +. Item #9615

Allan Wesley Eckert (1931 – 2011) was an American novelist and playwright who specialized in remarkably accurate and dynamic historical novels for adults and children. He was also a naturalist who wrote studies on many birds and animals.

Blue Jacket, or Weyapiersenwah (1738 - 1810), was a highly successful war chief of the Shawnee people, known for his militant defense of Shawnee lands in the Ohio Country. Forerunner of Tecumseh.

A legend developed about Blue Jacket that he had been a white boy named Marmaduke Van Swearingen, who had been kidnapped and adopted by the Shawnee during the Revolutionary War. The legend took hold in 1877 by a biographer and grew in grandiosity.

Even major biographer, Allen Eckert, accepted the legend.

However, recent historians using DNA analysis from descendants of Blue Jacket and Marmaduke Van Swearingen have disproved the legend and established that Blue Jacket was, indeed, a full-blooded Shawnee.

Tight clean copy. Dust jacket is price-clipped with light soil and hints of waterstains at periphery of rear panel. No previous owner or remainder marks.

Price: $65.00