Geraldine Brooks on 'Caleb's Crossing'

Monday, May 16, 2011

In 1665, a young man from Martha's Vineyard became the first Native American to graduate from Harvard College. His name was Caleb, and a new novel imagines what his life was like, and who the people were that helped shape him. The new book is called “Caleb’s Crossing.” Pulitzer Prize winning novelist and journalist Geraldine Brooks is the author. She joins us in studio.


Geraldine Brooks

Produced by:

Kristen Meinzer

Comments [1]

magpie from New York

I don't quite understand this resistance/failure to mention that Caleb was Wampanoag. By continually referring to the indigenous people of this continent as Native American, even when the opportunity to be specific and reference the territory and culture of a particular Nation or Tribe only suggests a lack of curiosity or assumption that all Native Americans are the same, or can be simply bundled into one grouping.

The fact that Wampanoags still live on Martha's Vineyard and are federally recognized or that there has been a campaign get formal recognition for Caleb's achievements by Wampanoags today is just a little extra to throw in the mix.

May. 18 2011 12:41 PM

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