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 through a local American. The textual content is drawn from ON OUR personal flooring, which used to be named a decision striking educational e-book. This new version of Apess's vintage texts is designed for school room use .
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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. 3. The Williamses were the most powerful and extended family in the Connecticut River Valley in these years. This William Williams was also a judge, and a bit after buying Apess's indenture, he became an appointed overseer of the few remaining acres of land belonging to the Mashantucket Pequots. Page xiv and the indiscriminate mixing at their meetings of different racial and class groups.
January 30 is the date he gives in The Experiences of Five Christian Indians (1833). 2 My grandmother was, if I am not misinformed, the king's granddaughter and a fair and beautiful woman. the blood of a king is no better than that of the subject. We are in fact but one family; we are all the descendants of one great progenitorAdam. I would not boast of my extraction, as I consider myself nothing more than a worm of the earth. I have given the above account of my origin with the simple view of narrating the truth as I have received it, and under the settled conviction that I must render an account at the last day, to the sovereign Judge of all men, for every word contained in this little book.
Equally oppressive in the Mashpees' experience was the imposition of a non-Indian minister who controlled the Old Indian Meeting House, preached only to whites, patronized the Mashpees, and denied use of the Meeting House to a Mashpee Baptist minister and his considerable congregation. Apess's arrival clearly acted as a new catalyst. The Mashpees adopted him into the community, provided him with a house, and granted him farming, fishing, and wood rights. At his urging and probably with his authorship, the community agreed to two petitions: one to the governor of Massachusetts, the second to the Corporation of Harvard College which controlled the appoint- (footnote continued from previous page) his first voyage on the ship Ajax in 1838, William Elisha mutinied with one other sailor "over the inhumane treatment of the ship's boy.
A Son of the Forest and Other Writings by William Apess