Impeccably researched and rich in detail, Carlos Montezuma, M.D. documents the life of one of the first ever Native American medical doctors. Taken from his family as a boy by Pima Indian warriors and sold to an itinerant Italian photographer, Montezuma found himself deposited into vastly foreign surroundings at a very young age. In late nineteenth-century Chicago, he was presented with opportunities, both educational and social, that had previously been unavailable to his people. Dr. Montezuma became a firm believer in the importance of Native American assimilation into white society, and he fiercely spoke out against the Bureau of Indian Affairs, claiming that it was responsible for keeping American Indians dependent on the Federal Government. In the last years of his life, his intense focus shifted from his assimilationist philosophy to helping his tribe regain its land and water rights in the face of great adversity from the U.S. Government. Leon Speroff paints a full and well-rounded picture of the life and times of this remarkable man. The inclusion of Montezuma’s personal correspondence with numerous key players in the early American Indian movement lends this book the authority and authenticity that superbly re-creates this time in our history when a disenfranchised group of people stood up to take their rightful place in American society.
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About the Author
Leon Speroff is Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Oregon Health & Science University. He is known worldwide for his textbook, Clinical Gynecologic Endocrinology and Infertility, which has been translated into many languages and is now in its 7th edition. Dr. Speroff grew up in Ohio, and he continues to root for the Cleveland sports teams. He lives in a rural area outside of Portland, Oregon, with his wife Sen and their two daughters, Sevda and Elena. When not writing or teaching, Dr. Speroff can be found riding his tractor or flyfishing. His most recent book, the Deschutes River Railroad War, also published by Arnica Publishing, Inc. is now in its second printing.
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A phenomenal in-depth study of Carlos Montezuma: his time in history and the cultures he lived in. As a retired school librarian and media specialist, I recommend that every school and public library needs this important historical classic.