October 14, 2023
10:00 AM EST
11:30 AM EST

Cost: Free

Event Description:

Join us on October 14th for our 4th program in WWBA 2023 Series: Legacy of Long Island’s First Peoples –  Long Island Native Americans and Missionaries featuring Dr. Linford Fisher, PhD.

In Dr. Linford Fisher’s book, The Indian Great Awakening, he discusses Native religious engagement, and how essential it is in understanding Native’s involvement in the Great Awakening.  By August 1741, Azariah Horton, born in Southold was employed as missionary by the Society in Scotland for the Propagation of Christian Knowledge (SSPCK).  He set out from Jamaica for Montauk preaching to numerous Native American clusters along the South Shore.  Fisher will introduce a few lay ministers, exhorters, and educators such as, Paul Cuffee, Cyrus Charles, Peter John, Sampson Occom, and more, as he presents the missionaries serving the Long Island Native American community.

Dr. Linford Fisher, PhD., an Associate Professor of History at Brown University, leads a lively discussion on the relationship between Long Island’s Original Peoples and the missionaries ordained to save their souls!  Dr. Fisher is a noted scholar, received his doctorate from Harvard University in 2008. His essays have appeared in the William and Mary Quarterly, the New England Quarterly, Ethnohistory, the Journal of Social History, Manuscripts, and the Harvard Theological Review. His research has been supported by fellowships and grants from the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Massachusetts Historical Society, the Newberry Library, the American Philosophical Society, the American Antiquarian Society, the Gilder Lehrman Institute for American History, Harvard University, and Brown University.

This is a FREE event.



Dr. Linford Fisher, PhD., grew up in the rolling hills of southeastern Pennsylvania. He received his doctorate from Harvard University in 2008 and joined the Department of History at Brown in the summer of 2009. Professor Fisher’s research and teaching relate primarily to the cultural and religious history of colonial America and the Atlantic world, including Native Americans, religion, material culture, and Indian and African slavery and servitude. He is the author of The Indian Great Awakening: Religion and the Shaping of Native Cultures in Early America and co-author of Decoding Roger Williams: The Lost Essay of Rhode Island’s Founding Father. Additionally, he has authored over a dozen articles and book chapters. He is currently finishing a history of Native American enslavement in the English colonies and the United States between Columbus and the American Civil War, tentatively titled America Enslaved: The Rise and Fall of Indian Slavery in the English Atlantic and the United States. He is also the principal investigator of the Stolen Relations: Recovering Stories of Indigenous Enslavement in the Americas project, which is a tribal community-centered collaborative project that seeks to create a public, centralized database of Native slavery throughout the Americas and across time.


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This event is made possible with funds from the Statewide Community Regrant Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature and administered by The Huntington Arts Council, Inc.