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Eulogy on William Apess: Speculations on His New York Death

Eulogy on William Apess: Speculations on His New York Death Eulogy on William Apess Speculations on His New York Death robert warrior "And while you ask yourselves, `What do they, the Indians, want?' you have only to look at the unjust laws made for them and say, `They want what I want.' "1 These words, spoken on two occasions in the Odeon Theatre in Boston in January 1836, are among the last history records of Pequot intellectual, William Apess, speaking in public. They come at the end of what is surely the pinnacle of Apess's intellectual career, his Eulogy on King Philip, a stunning revision of American history in which Apess condemns the historical and contemporary practices by which Natives lost and were losing their lands to invading Euroamerican. Apess delivered the eulogy on January 8, then again in what was apparently a sort of command performance encore on January 26 (O'Connell, On Our Own Ground 275). The Eulogy, published in two editions after it was delivered, is the last of Apess's five books, all of which are nonfiction. He also published an autobiography, A Son of the Forest, in two separate editions (1829 and 1831); The Increase of the Kingdom of Christ: A Sermon (1831); The Experiences http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Studies in American Indian Literatures uni_neb

Eulogy on William Apess: Speculations on His New York Death

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University of Nebraska Press
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Copyright © 2004 by Robert Allen Warrior
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Eulogy on William Apess Speculations on His New York Death robert warrior "And while you ask yourselves, `What do they, the Indians, want?' you have only to look at the unjust laws made for them and say, `They want what I want.' "1 These words, spoken on two occasions in the Odeon Theatre in Boston in January 1836, are among the last history records of Pequot intellectual, William Apess, speaking in public. They come at the end of what is surely the pinnacle of Apess's intellectual career, his Eulogy on King Philip, a stunning revision of American history in which Apess condemns the historical and contemporary practices by which Natives lost and were losing their lands to invading Euroamerican. Apess delivered the eulogy on January 8, then again in what was apparently a sort of command performance encore on January 26 (O'Connell, On Our Own Ground 275). The Eulogy, published in two editions after it was delivered, is the last of Apess's five books, all of which are nonfiction. He also published an autobiography, A Son of the Forest, in two separate editions (1829 and 1831); The Increase of the Kingdom of Christ: A Sermon (1831); The Experiences

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Studies in American Indian Literaturesuni_neb

Published: Jul 8, 2004

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