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The real all Americans : the team that changed a game, a people, a nation
Sally Jenkins
Adult Nonfiction GV958.U33 J45 2007

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From Publishers' Weekly:

In this sprawling, heavily researched sports tale, author and Washington Post reporter Jenkins (It?s Not About the Bike, with Lance Armstrong) covers more than a half-century-from mid-19th century battles between the U.S. Army and Native Americans to the 1918 closing of Pennsylvania?s seminal Carlisle Indian Industrial School-telling the long-buried story of Carlisle?s football team (the Indians, natch), which defied tradition and arguably did more to shape the modern collegiate game than any of its Ivy League competitors. Founded in 1879 by Army Lt. Col. Richard Pratt, an abolitionist who believed Native Americans deserved a visible place in U.S. society, Carlisle introduced fans and opponents to shoulder pads, the forward pass and the reverse option. Led by renowned coach Glenn "Pop" Warner and player Jim Thorpe, regarded as one of the greatest athletes America has produced, the Indians? struggles, especially with racial and political bigotry, prove surprisingly prescient (think Don Imus). That said, Jenkins shoehorns so much peripheral history that football often takes a back seat; in addition, her detached narration gives the book a term-paper feel, made all the more obvious by the enthusiasm and pride she details in her subjects. (May) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

From Library Journal:

Framed by the 1912 gridiron meeting of the Carlisle Indians (led by Jim Thorpe) and the West Point Cadets (led by Dwight Eisenhower), Jenkins's (coauthor, It's Not About the Bike) fascinating book tells of much more than a single football game or team. It recounts the history of the Carlisle Indian Industrial School, the first off-reservation school for American Indians in the United States, and its remarkably persistent founder and leader, Richard Henry Pratt. On a broader level, it also examines the history of U.S. policies toward American Indians from the closing of the frontier until World War II. Famous figures (e.g., Teddy Roosevelt and Sitting Bull) appear here, but of greater significance to the story are the forgotten Pratt and such little-known Indian leaders as American Horse and Albert Exendine. While Carlisle was no more than a prep school at best, it fielded undersized football teams that competed against the best college teams in the nation for more than two decades. In this evenhanded account, Jenkins makes clear that the advisability and effectiveness of the Indian Americanization policy was decidedly questionable. An extraordinary book; most highly recommended for all libraries. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 1/07.]-John Maxymuk, Rutgers Univ. Lib., Camden, NJ (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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