William Apess was a Pequot Minister, Author, and Activist in the first half of the nineteenth century who became the first Native of North America to begin publishing book-length narratives of his life and his advocacy for Native peoples. This page is designed to promote his accomplishments, foster awareness of his dynamic contributions to both Native American and American literature, and make available recent findings, claims, and scholarship that pertain to the growing body of work having to do with his life. It also dedicates itself to strategies of action and resistance modeled by William Apess in his life and writings, prompting the question we must ask ourselves in our own difficult times: what would William Apess do?
Although the page is still under development, part of our mission right now is to raise funds for the historical marker to be erected in Colrain, Massachusetts commemorating Colrain as the place of Apess’s birth in 1798. Please check the sidebar to the right and consider donating to this project.
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