Caleb’s Crossing is Geraldine Brooks’ vision of the story of Caleb Cheeshahteamauk, the *first Native American to graduate from Harvard in 1665, as told from the point of view of Caleb’s fictional childhood friend, Bethia Mayfield. Through Bethia’s distinctive voice we see their characters struggles to find their way in a society that places little value on their respective statuses. Brook’s meticulous research and gift for detailed description also gives us a glimpse into life on Martha’s Vineyard and in Cambridge during the seventeenth century.
View photos of Martha’s Vineyard to see landscapes featured in the book and visit the Cambridge Historical Society’s website to learn about the city’s history and take the virtual tour of the Hooper-Lee-Nichols House, which dates back to the late 17th century.
The Wampanoag Tribe of Gayhead website contains historical and cultural information about the tribe and Boston Children’s Museum’s website, The Wampanoag: People of the First Light, includes a number of resources designed, including timelines, to help teachers educate children about the Wampanoag.
*Joel Iacoomes, who was also featured in the book, completed his Harvard coursework but died shortly before graduation. He was awarded his degree posthumously in 2011).