Samson Occom (1742 words)


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Samson Occom’s execution sermon for Moses Paul is considered the first book published by a Native American writer, a text that speaks directly to Native peoples and draws together politics, social justice, and Christian theology. A significant figure in the American literary tradition, Occom is also studied for his role in religious, indigenous, and political history as well as missionary efforts. His autobiography, “A Short Narrative of My Life”, often appears in anthologies and on college syllabi, though his extensive body of work includes letters, sermons, journals, hymns, political documents, and medical writing. Occom was an ordained minister, teacher, and political activist. He also traveled extensively, both in N…

Citation: Griffis, Rachel B.. "Samson Occom". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 24 January 2019 [, accessed 24 February 2021.]

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