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One Real American Read & Download ï E-book, or Kindle E-pub ä Children’s book icon Joseph Bruchac tells the fascinating story of a Seneca Irouois Civil War officer   Ely S Parker 1828–1895 is one of the most uniue but little known figures in US history A member of the Seneca Irouois Nation Parker was an attorney engiAffairs the first Native American to hold that post Award winning children’s book author and Native American scholar Joseph Bruchac provides an expertly researched intimate look at a man who achieved great success in two worlds yet was caught between them Includes archival photos maps endnotes bibliography and timeline ?. If I had to name the one uestion I have answered the most this Fall it would be “Where can I find some “real history” books” Well here’s one I am in fact adding it to my own American history reading list this year Ely S Parker truly walked in two worlds As a Seneca tribe member he defended his fellow native peoples while serving as an United States Civil War General His story is remarkable and should have been common knowledge to all Americans years ago

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T a Catholic institution he learned English at a young age and became an interpreter for his people During the American Civil War he was commissioned as a lieutenant colonel and was the primary draftsman of the terms of the Confederate surrender at Appomattox He eventually became President Grant’s Commissioner of Indian. Formidable author Joseph Bruchac has pulled off an extraordinary feat with One Real American Bruchac presents an immense amount of historical research fact and sources in this concise book that I hope will be used by schools as a supplement to the often white washed version of history most youth are exposed to While it might be easy to get bogged down in the detailed facts this was always my struggle with history books Bruchac does a great job of articulating what the takeaway is from all of the sections he write about which was really helpful even for me as an adult reader I love the emphasis Bruchac places on ensuring that the reader knows that Parker truly walked in two worlds There were challenges to this but also great pride Other documents and stories about Parker seem to focus on his Americanness telling about his military accomplishments and perhaps delving into his education But what often gets left out is that he also remained firmly rooted in his Seneca community He was an engineer attorney diplomat and officer in the US Army and none of that was at odds with his trial affiliation and identity I think this is imperative for non Indigenous and Indigenous youth alike to recognize and understand Our country has not often focused on retained resilient deep connections to non white communities but that does a great disservice to our youth By being able to see the accomplishments communities and connections Parker made and retained we are able to focus not just on his role as a military officer but also on the ways in which he supported and was informed by his own community It was also interesting to see how Bruchac addresses the perception of Parker from within his community the ways he defended Native peoples and also some of the challenges that stemmed from the work he did with the Army This was expertly written had a nice balance of heavily historical facts with some narrative highlights mixed in so the reader can really track and synthesize all of that information and also has a very helpful timeline at the end to guide how we read the text I will continue to refer to this book I can see it being used throughout the country in schools; I know I can't wait to share it with my kids when they're a little older I will definitely be gifting this to some of the older elementary and middle school aged kiddos in my life as I think this is a great way to revise the focus and representation in American history I'm so glad I got the chance to read One Real American Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for this advance e copy

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One Real AmericanChildren’s book icon Joseph Bruchac tells the fascinating story of a Seneca Irouois Civil War officer   Ely S Parker 1828–1895 is one of the most uniue but little known figures in US history A member of the Seneca Irouois Nation Parker was an attorney engineer and tribal diplomat Raised on a reservation but schooled a. E ARC provided by Edelweiss PlusEly Parker was born in 1928 a time when many Tonawanda Senecas in New York state were adopting many European conventions in dress homes and sometimes even religion in the way they lived Unfortunately they also had to deal with whites wanting to take their land Having learned Latin Greek and other topics taught during this time period Parker had few academic problems when he attended the Cayuga Academy although his classmates were often abusive His education helped him assist a delegation of Tonawanda chiefs on a trip to Washington DC to discuss government settlements that they wished to refuse He impressed the president and other officials and even met with John Ross the principal chief of the Cherokee Nation He had been considering a career in law but a friend convinced him that going into engineering would be a better path and Parker eventually became the resident engineer for New York State Canals He was also chosen as the grand sachem of the Irouois Confederacy in 1851 While his education and insistence on fashionable frock coats gained him a lot of ground with the white government officials his knowledge of and respect for his Native culture helped him in the ranks of the Six Nations When the Civil War started he tried to enlist but was turned away In 1863 John E Smith asked that Parker be appointed to his staff and this military service culminated in Parker being the highest ranking Native American in the Union Army and the man who wrote out the official copy of Lee's surrender at Appomattox After the war Parker married Minnie Orton Sackett a white woman and struggled to find jobs He remained active in Native affairs and passed away in 1895Strengths I had never heard of Parker and I also have never read anything that talked about communities of Native Americans during this time period This was a fascinating look at an individual who was very influential at a time when Native Americans were often treated poorly Parker was able to forge an unusual path and go between the Native and white worlds and be trusted in both His involvement in the Civil War will definitely interest a lot of readers Weaknesses I was reading this as an E ARC so it was hard to determine the formatting I will have to take a look at the finished copy but this seemed to be arranged like a fiction book than a modern nonfiction book with lots of pictures and color While there were pictures this lacked sidebars and additional informationWhat I really think This is definitely a great biography to have in a middle school or high school collection Bruchac always does a great job at making his books readable and also packed full of information