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Life of William Apess, Pequot$
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Philip F. Gura

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781469619989

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469619989.001.0001

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Mashpee to Washington Street { 1837–1839 }

Mashpee to Washington Street { 1837–1839 }

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(p.120) Seven Mashpee to Washington Street { 1837–1839 }
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Life of William Apess, Pequot
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Philip F. Gura

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469619989.003.0007

This chapter focuses on William Apess's life as a lecturer in lower Manhattan, the working-class section of New York City, during the period 1837–9. Buoyed by the Mashpee Indians' success before the Massachusetts legislature, Apess now chose the rostrum rather than the pulpit from which to sound his message about Native Americans. His frequent and ostensible topic was their history and rights. Before discussing Apess's lecturing activities in New York after he left Mashpee, this chapter provides a background on the Reverend Peter Williams Jr., an African American leader of the Episcopal Church who was also active in the American Anti-Slavery Society and played a central role in the life of the city's African Americans. It also considers Apess's disappearance from the scene, which may well have been related to the widespread social and economic dislocation caused by the Panic of 1837.

Keywords:   lecturing, William Apess, Manhattan, New York City, Mashpee Indians, Native Americans, Peter Williams Jr., American Anti-Slavery Society, African Americans, Panic of 1837

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