American Indian Nonfiction: An Anthology of Writings, 1760s-1930s

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Bernd Peyer
University of Oklahoma Press, 2007 - Literary Criticism - 401 pages
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A survey of two centuries of Indian political writings

American Indian literature has deep roots. This collection of political writings covers nearly two centuries and represents a historical survey of the development of Indian nonfiction prose, from the missionary-trained writers of the late eighteenth century to the members of the first Indian intellectual network in the early twentieth century.

Included are personal letters, sermons, printed speeches, autobiographical sketches, editorials, pamphlets, and humorous pieces. From early writers such as Samson Occom to twentieth-century writers such as Will Rogers and Luther Standing Bear, these authors were deeply committed to the welfare of their Native communities. Many of the pieces were quite popular in their day but have been lost to time.

Bernd C. Peyer traces the historical development of Indian literature from its beginnings in seventeenth-century New England to the emergence of the national Society of American Indians. This collection shows that American Indian prose has a long and diverse heritage. While not as well known as its counterparts in fiction and poetry, Native nonfiction writing posed probing questions, expressed political beliefs, and confronted the challenges facing Indian-white relations. Many of the documents Peyer has gathered here are otherwise inaccessible to the general public, making this anthology a valuable and unique resource for scholars, students, and anyone interested in Indian nonfiction.

 

 

  

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Contents

A Short Narrative of my Life 1768
43
Beloved Brethren 1776
50
Joseph Johnson Biography
61
Hendrick Aupaumut Biography
72
William Apess Biography
81
Address on the Present Condition and Prospects
87
Maris B Pierce Biography
97
Nathaniel T Strong Biography
109
John Johnson Biography
231
Simon Pokagon Biography
240
Andrew J Blackbird Biography
253
Letter to Harriet Maxwell Converse no date
268
Letter to Major Henry Douglas 1870
274
Sarah Winnemucca Biography
280
Susette La Flesche Biography
286
Francis La Flesche Biography
292

Catherine Brown Biography
117
John Ridge Biography
124
Resolutions of the Treaty Party 1834
132
To the Senate and House of Representatives 1836
138
The Cherokees Their HistoryPresent Condition
145
Remarks of Elias C Boudinot of the Cherokee Nation
153
Boudinot Biography
160
DeWitt Duncan Clinton Biography
169
An Account of the Chippewa Indians Who Have Been
197
George Henry Biography
206
George Copway Biography
219
America Home of the Red Man 1919
300
Industrial Organization for the Indian 1912
308
Kellogg Biography
318
Angel De Cora Dietz Biography
325
J N B Hewitt Biography
333
The Indian Reservation System 1913
335
Sherman Coolidge Biography
349
Justice for the Sioux 1919
362
The New Indian Leadership 1917
375
Henry Roe Cloud Biography
388
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About the author (2007)

Bernd C. Peyer lectures at the Center for North American Studies and Research, Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universitt, Frankfurt, Germany, and is author of The Tutor'd Mind: Indian Missionary-Writers in Antebellum America.

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