In 1879 eighty-four Sioux boys and girls became the inaugural group of students to be enrolled at the Carlisle Indian School in Pennsylvania. Carlisle was the first institution opened by the federal government for the education of Native American children. The brainchild of former Indian fighter Captain Richard Pratt, Carlisle, like other schools that followed, was established to teach Indian children the "white man's way." For some, like Olympian Jim Thorpe, Indian School led to success and prosperity, but for many others it was an education in alienation and isolation. Michael L. Cooper examines the Indian Schools and tells the personal stories, often in their own words, of several young students, including Zitkala-Sa, who wrote, "Like a slender tree, I had been uprooted from my mother, nature, and God."
Baker & Taylor Covers the life of eighty-four Sioux boys and girls who became the inaugural group of students enrolled in the Carlisle Indian School, and tells the stories of students who willed themselves to die rather than remain in school
Baker & Taylor Filled with moving personal stories and archival photographs, a fascinating book documents the Carlisle Indian School in Pennsylvania, the first institution opened by the federal government to teach Native American children the "white man's way," which led some students such as Olympian Jim Thorpe to success, but for many others it was an education in isolation and estrangement.