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Letter from Barnstable Jail: William Apess & the 1833 Mashpee Resistance, with Drew Lopenzia

Presented by Tales of Cape Cod at Olde Colonial Courthouse, Barnstable MA

Jul 31 2023
Letter from Barnstable Jail: William Apess & the 1833 Mashpee Resistance, with Drew Lopenzia

Drew Lopenzina is professor of Early American and Native American literature whose work has appeared in the journals American Literature, American Quarterly, Native American and Indigenous Stuides and others.

Drew Lopenzia recounts the true story of William Apess, of the Pequot Indian Nation, who helped the Mashpee Wampanoag gian their civil rights through one of the first sustained actions of civil liberty in what would become the United States.

Lopenzia is the author of Through An Indian's Looking Glass: A Cultural Biography of William Apess, Pequot (1798–1839),  a vivid portrait of this singular Native American figure, a Methodist preacher and widely celebrated writer. Apess' life intersects with multiple aspects of indigenous identity and existence in this period, including indentured servitude, slavery, service in the armed forces, syncretic engagements with Christian spirituality, and Native struggles for political and cultural ... view more »


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Post-lecture dessert reception sponsored by Tales of Cape Cod President Emeritus Gene & Susan Guill, Polly Brazelton, and the Tales of Cape Cod Board.

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Olde Colonial Courthouse

3046 Main St., Barnstable, MA 02630