STUBBORN FOOL by Estelle Aubrey Brown


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An autobiographical narrative of some 16 years in the Indian Service, at the turn of the century, which is at once a pleasing, personal record as well as an indignant Indictment of our treatment of the Indians. Sent out to Crow Creek, South Dakota, is a kindergartner, she soon recognized her inadequacy as a teacher which was quite overshadowed by the prevailing conditions; the lack of facilities, particularly plumb the scant food- meat, molasses and coffee was the standard diet for the children; the indifference to problems of health and hygiene; the total disregard of the Indian culture and potential, and the political aspects of the administration which was only concerned with incompetence, or immorality, among the staff. Resigning her position of a teacher, to become a matron, then a clerk, she lived on all types of reservations out faced similar situations, until the later reform under John Collier -- by which time . Brown had left the ""unloved and unwanted stepchild of Congress"" to marry... There's a certain natural humor and human interest to brighten this account of one of the social more spots of our time.

Pub Date: March 15th, 1952
Publisher: Caxton