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By William Apess

This booklet brings jointly the best-known works of the 19th-century Indian author William Apess, together with the 1st prolonged autobiography by means of a local American. The textual content is drawn from ON OUR personal floor, which used to be named a call striking educational ebook. This new version of Apess's vintage texts is designed for lecture room use .

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They belong to and in the history of American literature for their polemical mastery and for Apess's inventive use of the autobiographical form. And they may remind us that though the power of wealth and privilege injures and silences many, it cannot control all. Apess's voice and example might well inspire his readers in a new millennium to question the arrangements of power, and those who legitimate them, which now hold sway in our lives. Page xxiii A BRIEF CHRONOLOGY OF WILLIAM APESS'S LIFE 1798 Born Colrain, Massachusetts, January 31, the first child of William and Can-dace Apes.

Their efforts stirred up a religious revival, and Apess experienced his religious conversion on March 15, 1813, a date he marks as exactly and carefully as he does his birth date. The Williamses were Congregationalists, an inevitability given their elite position, and they objected to Methodist practices 2. Judge William Hillhouse of New London County, chief judge of the county court. He was one of the most prominent and powerful of the old Connecticut gentry. He had fought in the Revolution and had sat in the Continental Congress.

His grandfather, William Apess's son, was named William Elisha, at times using William as his first name and at others, Elisha. William Elisha was an American Indian seaman, known in New Zealand, and one imagines in New England as well, for his prodigious strength. On what was probably (footnote continued on next page) Page xx in Mashpee, according to local memory, but for the rest, if there were others, and for their names, no record has yet been found. In 1831 Apess was sent by the New York Annual Conference of Protestant Ministers to preach to the Pequots.

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