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Life of William Apess, Pequot

Philip F. Gura


The Pequot Indian intellectual, author, and itinerant preacher William Apess (1798–1839) was one the most important voices of the nineteenth century. This book offers a chronicle of Apess's fascinating and consequential life. After an impoverished childhood marked by abuse, Apess soldiered with American troops during the War of 1812, converted to Methodism, and rose to fame as a lecturer who lifted a powerful voice of protest against the plight of Native Americans in New England and beyond. His 1829 autobiography, A Son of the Forest, stands as the first published by a Native American writer. ... More

Keywords: abolitionism, Pequot Indian, intellectual history, William Apess, abuse, War of 181, Native Americans, political radicalism, A Son of the Forest, Methodism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9781469619989
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469619989.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Philip F. Gura, author