“What book changed how you see the world and why?”
This is such a difficult question to answer. I’m sitting here mentally going through books that I have read throughout my lifetime thus far and am drawing a blank. There are a great many books that have affected me. That have helped to shape who I am. They may have opened my eyes to the new perspectives, to different sides of the story.
The first story that I read that opened my eyes to the hardships and injustices of the Native American people was probably Sacajawea by Anna Lee Waldo. I read this book when I was in 4th or 5th grade. I spent my summer reading it. There was a lot in this book that was not meant for a child to read but I couldn’t get enough of it. I needed to know more. The hardships that she went through. The fact that women were often viewed as nothing more than property to bought, sold, traded, or discarded truly disturbed me. I didn’t understand why in the world Louis and Clark couldn’t just hire her as their guide. Why did they have to hire her abusive drunk of a husband when it was Sacajawea who was the one who would help them on their exploration the most? There were so many things that happened in this book that bothered me, why would a grown man want a child to be his wife and things like that.
This book was not meant for young eyes but I found it, read it, and looking back it probably did change the way I viewed the world in the sense that it showed me that there are injustices everywhere, throughout history. There will always be people who want to be in control of others but there are always going to be people who will want to help others as well. Despite all of the hardships that Sacajawea went through she didn’t give up. She helped others. She never allowed her circumstances or other people to defeat her, to break her spirit. I wanted to be like her. I felt like she was a hero that should be celebrated. I hoped that there were more people in the world like her. More good than bad.
I guess this is probably the book that changed how I viewed the world the most.