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Jonathan M. Yeager

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199916955

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199916955.001.0001

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Advice on Alcohol

Advice on Alcohol

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Early Evangelicalism

Samson Occom

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This chapter presents excerpts from Samson Occom's A Sermon, Preached at the Execution of Moses Paul, an Indian, Who Was Executed at New Haven, on the 2d of September 1772, for the Murder of Mr. Moses Cook (1772). Occom converted to Christianity in 1741 during the Great Awakening, then went to Lebanon, Connecticut, to study English, Hebrew, Greek, Latin, and theology under Eleazar Wheelock's tutorship. He was licensed as a Presbyterian minister in 1759 and became a key leader among Native Americans. His 1772 sermon was addressed to the Wampanoag Moses Paul, who had been convicted in New Haven for the murder of a white man named Moses Cook at a tavern in Bethany, Connecticut, in December 1771. He also offered a critical appraisal of alcohol abuse among Native Americans, imploring them to seek sobriety in order to avoid poverty and continual exploitation by white Europeans.

Keywords:   sermon, Samson Occom, Christianity, Connecticut, Native Americans, Moses Paul, murder, Moses Cook, alcohol abuse, sobriety

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