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Through an Indian's Looking Glass

A Cultural Biography of William Apess, Pequot

Drew Lopenzina (author)

ISBN: 9781625342584

Publication Date: Mar 2017

Format: Hardback

Also available as: Paperback  

The life of William Apess (1789--1839), a Pequot Indian, Methodist preacher, and widely celebrated writer, provides a lens through which to comprehend the complex dynamics of indigenous survival and resistance in the era of America's early nationhood. Through archival research, readings of Apess's key works, and informed speculation, Drew Lopenzina provides a vivid portrait of this singular Native American figure.
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The life of William Apess (1789--1839), a Pequot Indian, Methodist preacher, and widely celebrated writer, provides a lens through which to comprehend the complex dynamics of indigenous survival and resistance in the era of America's early nationhood. Apess's life intersects with multiple aspects of indigenous identity and existence in this period, including indentured servitude, slavery, service in the armed forces, syncretic engagements with Christian spirituality, and Native struggles for political and cultural autonomy. Even more, Apess offers a powerful and provocative voice for the persistence of Native presence in a time and place that was long supposed to have settled its "Indian question" in favor of extinction.

Through meticulous archival research, close readings of Apess's key works, and informed and imaginative speculation about his largely enigmatic life, Drew Lopenzina provides a vivid portrait of this singular Native American figure. This new biography will sit alongside Apess's own writing as vital reading for those interested in early America and indigeneity.

Illustrations 12 black & white illustrations
Pages 320
Dimensions 229 x 152
Date Published 30 Mar 2017
Publisher University of Massachusetts Press
Series Native Americans of the Northeast
Subject/s History of the Americas   Indigenous peoples   Biography & True Stories  
Drew Lopenzina is assistant professor of English at Old Dominion University and author of Red Ink: Native Americans Picking Up the Pen in the Colonial Period.

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