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The Life of Elaine Goodale Eastman

Sargent, Theodore D.

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ISBN 10: 0803243170 / ISBN 13: 9780803243170
Published by University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln, NE, 2005
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Sewn binding. Cloth over boards. xvi, [2], 173, [5] p. Illustrations. This is one of the Women in the West series. Notes. Bibliography. Index. From Wikipedia: "Elaine Goodale Eastman (1863 1953) was an American poet who published her first poetry as a child still living at home, and wasincluded in Edmund Clarence Stedman's classic An American Anthology (1900). Elaine Goodale taught at the Indian Department of Hampton Institute, started a day school on a Dakota reservation in 1886, and was appointed as Superintendent of Indian Education for the Two Dakotas by 1890. She married Dr. Charles Eastman (also known as Ohiyesa), a Santee Sioux who was the first Native American to graduate from medical school and become a physician. They lived with their growing family in the West for several years. Goodale collaborated with him in writing about his childhood and Sioux culture, She also continued her own writing, publishing her last book of poetry in 1930, and a biography and last novel in 1935." Very good in very good dust jacket. Signed by author. DJ has slight wear and soiling. Signed on t-p. Bookseller Inventory # 71146

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Title: The Life of Elaine Goodale Eastman

Publisher: University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln, NE

Publication Date: 2005

Binding: Hardcover

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: Presumed first edition/first printing.

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Raised in a sheltered, puritanical household in New England, Elaine Goodale Eastman (1863–1953) followed her conscience and calling in 1885 when she traveled west and opened a school on the Great Sioux Reservation in South Dakota. Over the next six years she witnessed many of the monumental events that affected the Lakotas, including the inception of the Ghost Dance religion and the fallout from the Wounded Knee massacre in December 1890. She also fell in love with and married Charles Eastman, a Dakota doctor with whom she had six children, and went on to help edit his many popular books on Sioux life and culture. This biography draws on a newly discovered cache of more than one hundred letters from Elaine that were collected by one of her sisters, Rose Goodale Dayton, as well as newly discovered family correspondence and photographs. Previous books about Elaine—including her own autobiography—emphasize her work on the Sioux reservation and association with her famous husband. Access to her personal papers, however, enabled Theodore D. Sargent to shed new light on the dynamics of her thirty-year marriage to Charles and its ultimate demise, the importance of her own literary contributions during this period, and the challenges and successes of her life following their separation. The result is a long overdue multidimensional portrait of the relationships and aspirations that impelled and troubled this fascinating woman and her extraordinary life.

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Theodore D. Sargent is professor emeritus of biology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

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