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One Book One Lincoln 2010: I Am A Man by Joe Starita

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OneBook OneLincoln's decision was announced in late September. This year's book is "I Am A Man: Chief Standing Bear's Journey For Justice" by Joe Starita.
So far this book has been really informative. I especially am enjoying the reading process because it is about tribes who live(d) here in the Midwest, and specifically, Nebraska. I am learning a lot of history that I never knew simply by participating in the reading.
I was an 'ethnic studies' minor in college, which just means most of my elective classes were Ethnography, and Literature of different cultures. I did have previous knowledge of the specific tribes talked about in the book (Lakota, Ponca, Omaha, etc.) but this book goes into a lot of detail my classes would have briefly overviewed. I have always been fascinated by other cultures, and my love for travel is one branch of that.
This documentary is very well written, though for people who hate miniscule detail, this book might not be a read for you. There are letters and back and forth names of General this and Ltn. that, which can get confusing, though a great true story underneath. The author of the book also teaches at UNL and a Pulitzer Prize nominee!
Interested to read along? Here is the website to see all the lectures, movies, and events set up for October and November if you'd like to participate in this program locally. The library has, again, put up a great list to get the discussion going about this book.

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