The Native American Declaration of Independence

The Native American Declaration of Independence

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This study explores the connections between resistance, religion, and reform in the work of the Pequot writer and Methodist minister William Apess. Drawing on the idea of literary democracy, 'The Native American Declaration of Independence' shows how Apess tries to inscribe himself - and his fellow Native Americans - in the political landscape of the new nation. Apess's work as a Native American man of letters suggests literature as a mirror of national history and a social corrective long before the formulation of corresponding theories by modern critics. Located in the crucible of early nineteenth-century tensions, between civil liberty and communal responsibility, between Indian Removal and the American Renaissance, Apess's discourse provides a new context for the reframing of both U.S.-American democracy and literary realism with respect to the multicultural heritage of the American continent.It needs the lens of his essay to unearth some of the unrealized potential for subversion which Ashcroft, Griffith and Tiffin note in early post-colonial ... Acknowledging the likewise unrealized potential of (Native) American women for his ethnic project, Apess portrays their individual conversion in order to ... in the shift to a more political tone and argumentation in the next chapter on Indian Nullification.

Title:The Native American Declaration of Independence
Author:Kerstin Vogel
Publisher:Universitaetsverlag Winter - 2008


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