The Real All Americans

The Real All Americans

The Team That Changed A Game, A People, A Nation

Book - 2007 | 1st ed
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Journalist/author Jenkins revives a forgotten piece of history and crafts an inspirational story about a Native American football team that is as much about football as Lance Armstrong's book was about a bike. If you guessed that Yale or Harvard ruled the college gridiron in 1911 and 1912, you'd be wrong. The most popular team belonged to an institution called the Carlisle Indian Industrial School. Its story begins with Lt. Col. Richard Henry Pratt, a fierce abolitionist who believed that Native Americans deserved a place in American society. In 1879, Pratt made a dangerous journey to the Dakota Territory to recruit Carlisle's first students. Years later, three students approached Pratt with the notion of forming a football team. Pratt liked the idea, and in less than twenty years the Carlisle football team was defeating their Ivy League opponents and in the process changing the way the game was played.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, c2007
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780385519878
Branch Call Number: 796.33263 JEN
Characteristics: vi, 343 p. : ill. ; 25 cm

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Jun 28, 2011

I checked out this audiobook thinking it was a fiction book about football. I was a bit miffed when I found out it was nonfiction about how the Indians were mistreated then assimilated by whites. But the story was well-told with all kinds of surprises for me and I came to enjoy it. The reader is good. Some characters emerge that I did not expect, like Pop Warner, Jim Thorpe, and Dwight Eisenhower. The book is well above average - worth 3.5 starts if I could give that. It is a bit longer than necessary, though, and at times I just they'd just get on with the story and skip or at least shorten some of the personal histories.


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