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The battle of Tippecanoe and myth-bashing, too

By Michael Kenney
December 16, 2011
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Most Americans have heard the phrase “Tippecanoe and Tyler, Too.’’ Many will remember that it was a winning political slogan in the 1840 election of President William Henry Harrison, celebrating the candidate’s military victory in an otherwise obscure 1811 battle in Indiana against an array of Indian tribes. But political myth-making aside, writes historian Alan Jortner in “The Gods of Prophetstown,’’ the battle at Tippecanoe was far short of an unqualified success.

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THE GODS OF PROPHETSTOWN:

The Battle of Tippecanoe and the Holy War for the American Frontier

By Adam Jortner

Oxford, 310 pp.,

illustrations, $27.95