Freedom between the Lines

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About the author:
A recently retired English teacher and curriculum consultant, Gregory Rubano has just completed another baseball themed book for youth, Before the Babe, the Emperor: Napoleon Lajoie. Dr. Rubano is currently the director and curriculum consultant for an arts integrated anti-bullying and intolerance program, All for Youth.

Freedom between the Lines

Authored by Gregory Rubano
Illustrated by Jerry Aissis

Devised in the late nineteenth century, the United States government's "solution" to "the Indian Problem" was simple and heartless. Take the children from their homes, strip them of their cultural identity and pride, and make them "Americans." Teaching them baseball- "America's Game"- would complete the indoctrination.

Or so they thought.

Freedom between the Lines recreates the story of Native American youth sent to a federally run boarding school, the Carlisle Indian Industrial School. What awaits the children is a carefully plotted re-education program intended to "civilize" them by "driving the Indian out of them."
The psychological assault begins as soon as they arrive: hair is cut, uniforms issued, clothes and keepsakes destroyed.
In baseball, however, the boys find a way to reclaim their proud warrior tradition, a way to compete fairly against an unjust society whose prejudice crippled.

The book focuses upon one of the boys, Charles Albert Bender. Bender was especially good at "America' Game," so good that he became the only Native American to be inducted into baseball's Hall of Fame.
Of course, decades after Bender, Jackie Robinson also was to show the world just how good he was in what was considered a white man's game. The story of these two courageous Hall of Fame trailblazers complement each other nicely.

The book includes a supplement with many photos that traces both the tragic history of the government's attempts to solve "the Indian problem," and the early history of baseball's amazing appeal to all of America.

Publication Date:
1500530565 / 9781500530563
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Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
8.5" x 11"
Full Color with Bleed
Related Categories:
Sports & Recreation / Baseball / History

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