Geraldine Brooks on ‘Caleb’s Crossing’


    Hour 2

    “It’s the strong emotions that shape us, and I don’t think they change no matter what race you are and no matter what period you live in,” says Pulitzer Prize-winning author and journalist GERALDINE BROOKS. Brooks returns to Radio Times to discuss what she calls a ‘book of the imagination’ based on the true story of the first Native American to earn an undergraduate degree from Harvard College in 1665. Drawing on limited colonial documents, and oral and written history, Brooks’ historical fiction, Caleb’s Crossing, tells the unusual story of the son of a chieftain, Caleb Cheeshahteaumuck, an Aquinnah Wampanoag from Martha’s Vineyard, through the eyes of a 12-year-old daughter of a Puritan minister.

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