Abrams Books for Young Readers One Real American: The Life of Ely S. Parker
Abrams Books for Young Readers One Real American: The Life of Ely S. Parker

One Real American: The Life of Ely S. Parker

By Joseph Bruchac

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Publication Date: October 27, 2020

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Ages 10 to 14, Grades 5 to 9

Children’s book icon Joseph Bruchac tells the fascinating story of a Seneca (Iroquois) Civil War officer

Ely S. Parker (1828–1895) is one of the most unique but little-known figures in US history. A member of the Seneca (Iroquois) Nation, Parker was an attorney, engineer, and tribal diplomat. Raised on a reservation but schooled at a Catholic institution, he learned English at a young age and became an interpreter for his people. During the American Civil War, he was commissioned as a lieutenant colonel and was the primary draftsman of the terms of the Confederate surrender at Appomattox. He eventually became President Grant’s Commissioner of Indian Affairs, the first Native American to hold that post. Award-winning children’s book author and Native American scholar Joseph Bruchac provides an expertly researched, intimate look at a man who achieved great success in two worlds yet was caught between them. Includes archival photos, maps, endnotes, bibliography, and timeline.

About the Author

Joseph Bruchac is an acclaimed Abenaki children’s book author. His awards include a Boston Globe–Horn Book Award and Honor, the Hope S. Dean Award from the Foundation for Children’s Literature for Notable Achievement in Children’s Books, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Native Writers’ Circle of the Americas. He lives in Greenfield Center, New York.

Format: Hardcover with dust jacket

Length: 248 pages

Publisher: Abrams Books for Young Readers

Publication Date: October 27, 2020

ISBN: 9781419746574

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