To Do Good to My Indian Brethren: The Writings of Joseph Johnson, 1751-1776 / Edition 1

To Do Good to My Indian Brethren: The Writings of Joseph Johnson, 1751-1776 / Edition 1

by Laura J. Murray, Joseph Johnson
     
 

This book brings together the writings of Joseph Johnson, a Mohegan Indian preacher, schoolteacher, and leader of the movement to relocate eastern Christian Indians to "Brotherton" in upper New York state. Johnson's diaries, written between 1771 and 1773, document daily life in the Indian Christian communities of Mohegan and Farmington, Connecticut, with a remarkable… See more details below

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This book brings together the writings of Joseph Johnson, a Mohegan Indian preacher, schoolteacher, and leader of the movement to relocate eastern Christian Indians to "Brotherton" in upper New York state. Johnson's diaries, written between 1771 and 1773, document daily life in the Indian Christian communities of Mohegan and Farmington, Connecticut, with a remarkable richness and intimacy. His letters - to his teacher, Eleazar Wheelock, and other white benefactors, as well as to his fellow Native Americans - reveal both an uncommon talent for diplomacy and a powerful vision of Indian solidarity. Commentary by Laura J. Murray illuminates the meaning of Johnson's writings in their historical context. One essay traces the cultural changes and political conflicts at Mohegan in the generations before Johnson's; other essays illuminate the rhetorical challenges Johnson faced as a literate Indian in the eighteenth century.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781558491274
Publisher:
University of Massachusetts Press
Publication date:
03/09/1998
Series:
Native Americans of the Northeast Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
344
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.24(h) x 1.01(d)

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