Jeffrey Deroine: Ioway Translator, Frontier Diplomat (Young Reader Series)

Greg Olson

$24.00

Slaves were not allowed to learn to read and write, but that didn’t stop Jeffrey Deroine. While traveling with his master, a fur trader, Jeffrey met and worked with Native American groups, making many friends and learning five languages. Jeffrey started life as a slave, but eventually he was able to buy land and became a successful farmer and trader. (2015)

 

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Slaves were not allowed to learn to read and write, but that didn’t stop Jeffrey Deroine. While traveling with his master, a fur trader, Jeffrey met and worked with Native American groups, making many friends and learning five languages. People were so impressed by Jeffrey’s talent with languages that a friend bought Jeffrey’s freedom so he could work as a translator. Jeffrey translated for the Ioway as they negotiated treaties with the government. He also traveled to Europe with the Ioway and met many famous people, including kings and queens. Jeffrey started life as a slave, but eventually he was able to buy land and became a successful farmer and trader.

This book is included in the nonfiction book series, Notable Missourians, for young readers in grades 4 to 6 about people who contributed to Missouri’s history or culture and who were born or lived in Missouri.

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Contents

Introduction

Chapter 1: Life as a Slave

Chapter 2: The Road to Freedom

Chapter 3: Life with the Ioways

Chapter 4: A Trip to Europe

Chapter 5: Back Home in Missouri

Legacy: From Slave to World Traveler

Timeline

For Further Reading

Index

Image Credits

Authors

Greg Olson has an MA in history from University of Missouri, Columbia, and an MFA in art from University of South Dakota. He is curator of Special Exhibits and Special Projects at the Missouri State Archives, and author of Great Walker: Ioway LeaderThe Ioway in Missouri and Noble Savages, Voodoo Priests and Ozark Gypsies: The Life of Folklorist Mary Alicia Owen, and several articles on Missouri history.

John Hare is an illustrator, graphic designer, and artist. He lives in Gladstone, Missouri.

 

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