The Collected Writings of Samson Occom, Mohegan

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Oxford University Press, Nov 9, 2006 - Literary Criticism - 480 pages
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This volume brings together for the first time the known writings of the pioneering Native American religious and political leader, intellectual, and author, Samson Occom (Mohegan; 1723-1792). The largest surviving archive of American Indian writing before Charles Eastman (Santee Sioux; 1858-1939), Occom's writings offer unparalleled views into a Native American intellectual and cultural universe in the era of colonialization and the early United States. His letters, sermons, journals, prose, petitions, and hymns--many of them never before published--document the emergence of pantribal political consciousness among the Native peoples of New England as well as Native efforts to adapt Christianity as a tool of decolonialization. Presenting previously unpublished and newly recovered writings, this collection more than doubles available Native American writing from before 1800.
 

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Contents

An Introduction to the Writings of Samson Occom
3
PROSE
41
LETTERS
61
PETITIONS AND TRIBAL DOCUMENTS
141
SERMONS
159
HYMNS
226
JOURNALS
241
Individuals Named in Occoms Writings
413
Bibliography
427
Index
437
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Joanna Brooks is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Texas at Austin and the author of American Lazarus: Religion and the Rise of African-American and Native-American Literatures (Oxford, 2003), winner of the 2003 Modern Language Association William Sanders Scarborough Prize for best book in African-American literature and culture. Robert Warrior is Edith Kinney Gaylord Presidential Professor at the University of Oklahoma. His books include The People and the Word: Reading Native Nonfiction, American Indian Literary Nationalism, and Tribal Secrets: Recovering American Indian Intellectual Traditions .

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