The Tutor'd Mind: Indian Missionary-Writers in Antebellum America / Edition 1

The Tutor'd Mind: Indian Missionary-Writers in Antebellum America / Edition 1

by Bernd C. Peyer
     
 

ISBN-10: 155849099X

ISBN-13: 9781558490994

Pub. Date: 08/28/1997

Publisher: University of Massachusetts Press

Part historical narrative, part textual analysis, this book traces the development of American Indian literature from the seventeenth century to the eve of the Civil War. Bernd C. Peyer focuses on the lives and writings of four prominent Indian missionaries -- Samson Occom of the Mohegans, William Apess of the Pequots, Elias Boudinot of the Cherokees, and George

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Part historical narrative, part textual analysis, this book traces the development of American Indian literature from the seventeenth century to the eve of the Civil War. Bernd C. Peyer focuses on the lives and writings of four prominent Indian missionaries -- Samson Occom of the Mohegans, William Apess of the Pequots, Elias Boudinot of the Cherokees, and George Copway of the Ojibwa -- each of whom struggled to negotiate a secure place between the imperatives of colonial rule and the rights of native peoples.

In the view of the English colonists and their descendants, Indian converts to Christianity were expected to repudiate native traditions and affirm the superiority of European civilization, to serve as role models, and to spread the gospel far into the wilderness. Yet as Bernd C. Peyer shows, Indian missionaries did not always fulfill the expectations of those who trained them. Once the Indians recognized that conversion alone did not guarantee protection from discrimination, they devised a variety of strategies, theological as well as practical, to resist assimilation into the dominant white culture. Making effective use of their literacy and education, they called attention to the discrepancy between the Protestant ideals they had been taught and the Anglo-American practices to which native people were subjected.

By uncovering this subtext of dissent and resistance, Peyer at once alters and enriches our understanding of the evolution of the American Indian literary tradition.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781558490994
Publisher:
University of Massachusetts Press
Publication date:
08/28/1997
Series:
Native Americans of the Northeast Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
408
Product dimensions:
6.04(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.12(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1The Indian Writer and the Colonial Situation1
2Forest Diplomats, Praying Indians, and Savage Scholars: Seventeenth-Century Beginnings21
3Samson Occom and the Vision of a New England Christian Indian Polity54
4William Apess, Pequot-Mashpee Insurrectionist of the Removal Era117
5Elias Boudinot and the Cherokee Betrayal166
6George Copway, Canadian Ojibwa Methodist and Romantic Cosmopolite224
7The Transition of American Indian Literature from Salvationism to Modernity278
Notes297
Index393

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