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Michael Bustin Professor Poirier REL 101 4/9/10 Samson Occom’s Conversion In a time when rumblings about freedom from the British began to fill the air in the North American colonies, there was a man of the Mohegan tribe who was converted to the Christian faith. This man learned how to speak English as well as how to write, and began to preach God’s word to other Native Americans throughout the northeast. This man was Samson Occom. Samson Occom was born in the year, 1723, in a Mohegan tribe 1 . Occom describes that before he found Christianity, he believed that he was born a heathen and brought up in heathenism 1 . He described his parents and how they lived in his autobiograpghy. In the text, he says “My Parents Livd a wandering life, for did all the Indians at Mohegan, they Chiefly Depended upon Hunting, Fishing, & Fowling for their living” and as he grew older he became distant to the idea of not living a European lifestyle (Occom 55). But how did this change of Occom’s thought occur, it was because of the Christian missionaries visiting the Mohegans and
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This note was uploaded on 09/20/2011 for the course REL 101 taught by Professor Williams during the Spring '10 term at Miami University.

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REL Paper 3 - Michael Bustin Professor Poirier REL 101...

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