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William Apess, of Pequot Indian descent, was an author, Methodist minister, and political activist whose autobiographical work, A Son of the Forest was one the earliest published writings by a Native American. Born in Massachusetts in 1798, he was ordained in 1829, and took part in the Mashpee Revolt of 1833.
Online resources by or about William Apess:
The Claiming of Christ: Native American Postcolonial Discourses
Author: Irene S. Vernon
Description: This critical essay from the Summer, 1999 issue of MELUS looks at the relationship between Native American writers (including Apess, Goodbird and Eastman) and Christianity.
Author: Norton Websource to American Literature
Description: This author resource page for Apess is part of the “Norton Websource to American Literature”.
Books by William Apess:
Apess, William. Eulogy on King Philip : as pronounced at the Odeon, in Federal Street, Boston
Boston, MA : Self-published, 1836.
Apess, William. The experience of five Christian Indians of the Pequod tribe
Boston : J. B. Dow, 1833.
Apess, William. The increase of the kingdom of Christ
New York : Self-published, 1831.
Apess, William. Indian nullification of the unconstitutional laws of Massachusetts, relative to the Marshpee tribe : or, The pretended riot explained
Stanfordville, N.Y. : E.M. Coleman, 1979.
ISBN: 0930576330 / 0930576349
Apess, William. On our own ground : the complete writings of William Apess, a Pequot
Amherst : University of Massachusetts Press, 1992.
Apess, William. A son of the forest and other writings
Amherst, MA : University of Massachusetts Press, 1997.
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