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Posted January 4, 2000
Cherokees living in white frame houses? My high school history books seem to have skipped this tidbit of information about life in Indian Territory. Not only does this collection of Rogers' letters help to dispel inaccurate myths and images about this time and place, it also gives the reader a glimpse into the heart and mind of a young man of mixed heritage growing up in the early years of the twentieth century. In the correspondence we see Rogers struggling with the transition from adolescence to adulthood. Individual responsibility, making a living, and confronting the differences between lust and love are themes with which we all can identify. In addition, we see Rogers wrestling with his self-identity. Cherokee? Anglo? American? A mixture? This process also colors his view of people in other countries and provides us with an interesting perspective of the world as he saw it. Although the centerpiece of this book is the correspondence, Collins provides enough historical context for the non-historians among us, but not so much as to upstage the letters. Indeed, while reading the unedited letters one can almost hear Rogers speak. Altogether, I found this book to be interesting, entertaining, and informative, surely a book for general readers and experts alike.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.