Boarding School Seasons: American Indian Families, 1900-1940


Book Author: Brenda J Child

Book Author’s Bio: Brenda J. Child is the professor of American Indian Studies at the University of Minnesota. Ms. Child earned her PhD in History from the University of Iowa. She has authored numerous books on the subject of American Indian Children and boarding schools, including Boarding School Seasons: American Indian Families, 1900-1940, and Away From Home: American Indian Boarding School Experiences.

Year Published: 2000

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Book Summary:

Boarding School Seasons: American Indian Families, 1900-1940, takes an emotional and detailed look at the experiences of American Indian students at boarding schools between 1900 and 1940. The stories told in the book are based on first-hand experiences, drawn from the personal letters of students, their parents, and even boarding school officials.

Book Review:

Brenda Child makes the topic of American Indian boarding schools very intriguing and interesting in her book, Boarding School Seasons. It is an enjoyable and educational book on the experiences of American Indian children, including the heartache, homesickness, and frustration that they experienced by being so far away from their communities throughout their boarding school education. The voices of the students and their parents, as read through their personal letters, give the book a great degree of accountability and honesty.

Book Reviewer’s Bio: Megan Selin is a freelance writer and literary enthusiast who resides in upstate New York with her husband and three children. She has a Bachelor’s degree in English from the University at Albany and enjoys baking, yoga, and spending time outdoors.

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