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UNDEFEATED: JIM THORPE AND THE CARLISLE INDIAN SCHOOL FOOTBALL TEAM

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Sheinkin
Author's First Name: 
Steve
Publisher: 
Macmillan (Roaring Brook)
Publication Date: 
2017
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
This ambitious book takes on the subjects of: the early history of football,the Carlisle Indian School and its goal of taking the Indian out of Native children and the life, successes and struggles of legendary Jim Thorpe as well as Pop Warner. Meticulously researched we learn about the role of Teddy Roosevelt in saving football from those who found it too violent, the skill of Warner as well as his "abuse" of his players for perhaps personal gain, certainly fame, and the raw talent of Jim Thorpe who was an incredible athlete. Readers also see the prejudice that the Indians faced as they beat most of the major Ivy league colleges (players older, bigger and playing on home turf). A fascinating read. Edie Ching 910-14)