Life, Letters and Speeches
George Copway (Kahgegagahbowh, 1818-69), a Canadian Ojibwe writer and lecturer, rose to prominence in American literary, political, and social circles during the mid-nineteenth century. His colorful, kaleidoscopic life took him from the tiny Ojibwe village of his youth to the halls of state legislatures throughout the eastern United States and eventually overseas. Copway converted to Methodism as a teenager and traveled throughout the Midwest as a missionary. He became a forceful and energetic spokesman for temperance and the rights and sovereignty of Indians, lecturing to large crowds in the United States and Europe and founding a newspaper devoted to native issues.
Published originally in 1847, this edition of Life, Letters and Speeches marks the 150th anniversary of its first appearance. One of the first Native American autobiographies, it chronicles Copway's unique and often difficult cultural journey. Copway vividly captures the freedom of his early childhood, the dramatic moment of his spiritual awakening to Methodism, the rewards and frustrations of missionary work, a desperate race home to warn of a pending Sioux attack, and the harrowing rescue of his son from drowning.
240 pp — ©1997