From the Deep Woods to Civilization

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Courier Corporation, Aug 22, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 128 pages
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In the first of his memoirs, the popular Dover book Indian Boyhood, Charles Alexander Eastman recounted his tribal upbringing among the Santee Sioux. From the Deep Woods to Civilization resumes his story, starting with his departure from the reservation at age 15 to receive his education among whites. Eastman became a physician with the intention of supporting the Native American community, and while working as a doctor for the Indian Health Service he cared for the victims of the U.S. Army's 1890 attack on Wounded Knee. Later that decade, Eastman moved to Washington, D.C., where he lobbied on behalf of the Santee Sioux and held a succession of government positions. This book, along with his other writings, offers a powerful testimonial by an American Indian on behalf of his native culture.

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User Review  - Gretchen Chan - Goodreads

Historically interesting, even if it was a political book, and somewhat sentimentalist. Read full review

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User Review  - Micah - Goodreads

The first half was much more fascinating to me, but the entire book was a well written autobiography. I definitely recommend reading this if you're interested in a first-hand account from a member of the Dakota. Read full review

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The Way Opens
My First School Days
On the White Mans Trail
College Life in the West
College Life in the East
A Doctor among the Indians
The Ghost Dance War
War with the Politicians
Civilization as Preached and Practised
At the Nations Capital
Back to the Woods
The Soul of the White Man

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Charles Alexander Eastman (first named Ohiyesa) (February 19, 1858 - January 8, 1939) was a Native American physician, writer, national lecturer, and reformer. He was of Santee Sioux and Anglo-American ancestry. Active in politics and issues on American Indian rights, he worked to improve the lives of youths, and founded 32 Native American chapters of the Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA). He also helped found the Boy Scouts of America. He is considered the first Native American author to write American history from the native point of view.

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