Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team

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"A great American sport and Native American history come together in this true story of how Jim Thorpe and Pop Warner created the legendary Carlisle Indians football team"-- Provided by publisher.
Native American Jim Thorpe became a super athlete and Olympic gold medalist. Indomitable coach Pop Warner was a football mastermind. In 1907 at the Carlisle Indian Industrial School in Pennsylvania, they forged one of the winningest teams in American football history. Called "the team that invented football," they took on the best opponents of their day, defeating much more privileged schools in a series of breathtakingly close calls, genius plays, and bone-crushing hard work. Sheinkin provides a true underdog sports story -- and an unflinching look at the U.S. government's violent persecution of Native Americans and the school that was designed to erase Indian cultures.
Publisher: New York, New York :, Roaring Brook Press,, 2017
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781596439542
Characteristics: 280 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm


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Feb 24, 2018

This is an amazing historical account that does not pull any punches. We see Pop Warner and Jim Thorpe as they were and the historical events taking place around them. The game of football evolved from a slugfest into the game of finesse we see today in many respects due to the genius of Warner and the athletic talents of the Carlisle Indian athletes. They were smaller and lighter than their opponents, but achieved statistics that even the elite four could not touch. The account of the Carlisle vs Army(West Point) is especially interesting with Ike and Omar Bradley being a key players on the Army team.
I highly recommend Sheinkins' books. He sheds so much light on subjects that even adults may know only a few facts about(if any).

This nonfiction book explores the history of Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team. I liked how the book presented both the legends and the flaws of all the people. Sheinkin does a great job making the story interesting and exploring the lives of these people. Enjoyable and well written if if you're not a football fan.


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