Children's LiteratureAlthough James Beckwourth is a typical frontiersman from this series of American lives, he certainly made a significant contribution to American History. Born to a wealthy father and a slave mother, James was technically a slave as a child, although his father treated him as his own son. Other occupations Becksourth claimed were that of a trapper, a mountaineer, a scout, and even chief of the Crow Indians. He became more famous throughout the United States because of a book that he wrote toward the end of his life about his adventures. The book is full of discussion about Native Americans and the problems that they faced with the United States during that time. The timetable at the front of the book is helpful to give young readers a glimpse of his personal chronology. As with the other books in the "American Lives" series, this book is a good addition to an American History library. Part of the "American Lives" series. 2004, Heinemann Library, Ages 8 to 10.