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'The Life Of William Apess, Pequot'

UNC Press

The work of Native American author and Methodist preacher William Apess went largely unnoticed from his death in 1839 until the 1970s, when historians compiled his writings.

The writings turned out to be an eloquent collection of musings about the dynamics between Native Americans and white Americans, written by a man who had ancestry from both groups. 

  A new biography, “The Life of William ApessPequot” (2014/UNC Press), traces Apess' search for his identity as a mixed race American in the 19th century.

Host Frank Stasio talks with author Philip F. Gura about “The Life of William ApessPequot”

Will Michaels is WUNC's Weekend Host and Reporter.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.