Elizabeth Scripturient (the delinquent, ecumenical (hermionesviolin) wrote,
Elizabeth Scripturient (the delinquent, ecumenical

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"A nation is not conquered until the hearts of its women are on the ground. Then it is done, no matter how brave its warriors nor how strong their weapons."
-Cheyenne proverb

I recently saw that in someone's AIM profile and did some Google searching to see if i could find any more info about it.

One of the links that came up was a scathing review of one of the Dear America books -- My Heart is on the Ground: The Diary of Nannie Little Rose, a Sioux Girl, Carlisle Indiana School, Pennsylvania, 1880 by Ann Rinaldi. I now really want to read the book and also want to read the recently published biography of Ann Rinaldi. The summary of the biography states:
Included is a discussion of the recent controversy that has flared over her portrayal of Native American boarding school experiences in "My Heart is on the Ground".

I read all the Amazon Customer Reviews of My Heart is on the Ground and was distressed both by the glowing reviews (because i had serious reservations about the book after reading the Rethinking Schools article) and the damning reviwes (because they added weight to the Rethinking Schools article and thereby made me more depressed about the book). The last review (chronologically the first) gave the book five stars and said:
I liked it! It was a very good book! I suppose it wasn't historicaly accurate and Charlsie was mutch more harsh than Ann Rindinaly discribed. It WAS NOT well reaserched. eather that or Nannie Little Rose was to happy and cheerful too notice! Besides that, it was cool!

That made me want to cry. Sloppy typing always aggravates me, but more than that i was so upset that this person was aware that it wasn't historically accurate, that the situation of children in the school was much worse than it is portrayed in the book, but this reader still praises the book because "it was cool!"
Tags: books: nonfiction: bad

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