Full-Court Quest (Nonfiction)

jun09_full_court_250An absolutely stunning photo appears on page 357.

It is a 1908 photo of graduate Emma Sansavor, a player for the 1904 world champion basketball team at Fort Shaw Indian School in Montana; her graduation was an obvious accomplishment for this gifted woman, as well as a success story for the Indian boarding school. That image could set the tone for this wonderful history of sports and culture in the early 20th century. The fact that the basketball athletes featured here are American Indians and women places this book in its own playing field. Yet that is what the authors have done with their subjects for years. Peavy and Smith excel at flushing out the untold female stories of our nation’s history, and this book may be their best yet.

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