William apess eulogy on king philip
“an indian’s looking glass for the white man” by william apess
Question for the mug war challenge (courtesy of Marty Blatt): During King Philip’s War, the Massachusetts General Court passed the Indian Imprisonment Act in 1675. It made it illegal for unaccompanied Native Americans to reach Boston. When was this legislation abolished, and what year was it repealed?
The year is 2005. Because of a New York Times post, many students guessed 2003 and 2004, but those who read Memory Lands carefully–and there were many–knew that it was not officially repealed until 2005. Emma Richards took home the prize in a showdown!
Additional reading: In The Name of War: King Philip’s War and the Origins of American Identity, Jill Lepore makes a provocative statement about the foundational nature of King Philip’s War, and the myths built in its aftermath, in shaping colonial English and ultimately American identity (Knopf, 1998). In Our Beloved Kin: A New History of King Philip’s War, Lisa Brooks reframes the conflict through the lens of indigenous resistance (Yale, 2018). The Bancroft Prize in American History was awarded to both works.
The history of Native Americans in southern New England during the nineteenth century is poorly recorded. William Apes’ life and writings provide an insight into this under-documented and under-appreciated culture. Apes was a devout Methodist preacher who held firm religious beliefs. His mother and grandparents were Pequots, but after the age of four, Whites bred Apes. The standard white interpretation of the Wampanoag sachem King Philip and King Philip’s War was challenged by Apes’ eulogy for him (1675-1676). A major theme is the need to restore King Philip’s reputation and bring attention to the wrongs perpetrated by “pilgrims” against “Indians.” At a time when most Americans recognized King Philip as the brutal and treacherous leader of a Native American uprising, Apes declared Philip “the greatest man that ever lived in America.”
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The edition of King Philip’s Eulogy that appears in On Our Own Ground: The Complete Writings of William Apess, A Pequot, edited by Barry O’Connell (Amherst, Massachusetts: University of Massachusetts Press, 1992), 277-310, is reproduced here. This is the basic text on Apess, which is now quoted by all Apess researchers.
The Eulogy was published in two editions, according to O’Connell’s “Textual Afterward,” in 1836 and 1837. The second version was significantly condensed, and he claims it accurately represents Apess’s delivery of the speech on the second occasion (26 January 1836). Since O’Connell was able to compare the two versions in the American Antiquarian Society’s two copies, he can confidently state that “Apess’s revisions were more of the form of condensation than any alteration of meaning and sound” (313). As a result, O’Connell does not feel it is appropriate to list what was removed from the 1837 edition, but he does note that libraries might be able to access a rare facsimile edition that includes these improvements for interested scholars: Lincoln Dexter, editor, Eulogy on King Philip (Brookline, Massachusetts: Dexter, 1985). (313, 326).
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“You and I must rejoice that we will not be held responsible for our fathers’ crimes, nor will we be justified in accusing them of crimes against one another. We can only lament it and run from it, and may peace and justice forever be written on our hearts and hands.”
“We want thunderous trumpets and men acting as if they were fighting against those corrupt and degrading values that deprive one of his rights simply because he is ignorant and of a different color. Let us establish values that will ensure that everyone gets their due; only then will wars end and the tired find rest.”