Dear Mrs. Rowlandson

Dear Mrs. Rowlandson,

It would seem that among the entirety of your people you were given the chance to experience the culture of your prey, that is to say, the courageous Indians your people so maliciously demoralized and demolished throughout your countless self-centered conquests. You had a chance to learn the error of your ways and shed new light on the wholesome lives of those scarred by years of unnecessary and excessive torment: Their unyielding compassion and hospitality towards you in your darkest hours, their unwavering tenacity against all odds. Yet here I lie with my mouth agape in disgust of your ignorance that harbored not a journey of trials and tribulations, but a wasted opportunity through your sheer lack of growth and willingness to understand a society foreign to your own. Instead of paving the way for a new future without the need for prejudice thoughts, you mercilessly overshadow every and any instance of the Indian’s humanity through savage language, constantly referring to them as beasts and animals that stoop below you. In turn, you cannot fathom to think of anything but your own well-being and faith as your transform your narrative as a story to serve nothing more than to add to you and your people’s inflated pride. Yet despite all of this, I would still like to thank you for your contribution to history, as your piece provides undeniable proof of my assertions that you and your people were indeed “the most mean, abject, miserable race of beings in the world”.
Sincerely,
William Apess
–(Written by Jose Ramirez)
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One thought on “Dear Mrs. Rowlandson

  1. I really like your blog post. I feel like it really captures how Apess would react to Rowlandson since you don’t only focus on anger. While he is angry at Mary for her negative portrayal of the natives, he gives his own jab in the end when he says ” Yet despite all of this, I would still like to thank you for your contribution to history, as your piece provides undeniable proof of my assertions that you and your people were indeed “the most mean, abject, miserable race of beings in the world”.”

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