Native Memoirs From The War Of 1812: Black Hawk And William Apess by Carl BennNative Memoirs From The War Of 1812: Black Hawk And William Apess by Carl Benn

Native Memoirs From The War Of 1812: Black Hawk And William Apess

byCarl Benn

Paperback | December 30, 2013

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Native peoples played major roles in the War of 1812 as allies of both the United States and Great Britain, but few wrote about their conflict experiences. Two famously wrote down their stories: Black Hawk, the British-allied chief of the still-independent Sauks from the upper Mississippi, and American soldier William Apess, a Christian convert from the Pequots who lived on a reservation in Connecticut. Carl Benn explores the wartime passages of their autobiographies, in which they detail their decisions to take up arms, their experiences in the fighting, their broader lives within the context of native-newcomer relations, and their views on such critical issues as aboriginal independence.

Scholars, students, and general readers interested in indigenous and military history in the early American republic will appreciate these important memoirs, along with Benn's helpful introductions and annotations.

Carl Benn is a professor of history at Ryerson University in Toronto. His books include Mohawks on the Nile: Natives among the Canadian Voyagers in Egypt, 1884–85, The War of 1812, and The Iroquois in the War of 1812.
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Title:Native Memoirs From The War Of 1812: Black Hawk And William ApessFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:208 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.51 inShipping dimensions:9 × 6 × 0.51 inPublished:December 30, 2013Publisher:Johns Hopkins University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1421412195

ISBN - 13:9781421412191

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Benn uses his considerable skills as a historian to edit these remarkable reminiscences, adding clarity and context... Benn's study is a fascinating look at the diverse experiences of two native combatants, and as such is an important contribution to our understanding of the War of 1812.