By William Apess
This ebook brings jointly the best-known works of the 19th-century Indian author William Apess, together with the 1st prolonged autobiography through a local American. The textual content is drawn from ON OUR personal floor, which was once named a call impressive educational booklet. This re-creation of Apess's vintage texts is designed for school room use .
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At the same time, he traveled as an itinerant preacher and activist throughout New England and New York. As he did, he supported communities of other Indians who, often gathered with African Americans and poor whites to worship, were despised by most whites and represented as nothing more than the dying remnant of a once noble people. And he led the Mashpee Revolt, now largely unknown but significant as one of the first major Indian rights movements. The Mashpee Indians on Cape Cod won the right to govern themselves, in good measure because of Apess's talents as a polemical writer and speaker.
Methodism was, at this time in New England, significantly antiestablishment, especially in its successful appeal to the disenfranchised. Apess was forbidden to continue to attend meetings and began to be beaten often for disobeying and other offenses. His solution was again to run away, in late March or April 1813. Afraid of being caught and brought back, he made his way to New York City, where he found lodgings and a job. Hearing that his master had offered a fifteen-dollar reward for his return, Apess panicked.
The success of The Memoirs of Catharine Brown (1824), an account of one of the first Cherokee Christians, which was widely Page xix distributed through the evangelical networks, might easily have been seen as justification for someone in the New York or Boston publishing scene to take down and edit Apess's reminiscences. Yet there were Native Americans who had written, and some who had published: Samson Occom, Joseph Johnson, Joseph Brant, and Hendrick Aupaumut from the eighteenth century; Catharine Brown herself (though she did not write her Memoirs); Elias Boudinot, the Cherokee editor, probably the best known; and David Cusick, the Tuscaroran historian of the Six Nations, from the early nineteenth century.