Download A Warrior of the People: How Susan La Flesche Overcame Racial and Gender Inequality to Become America’s First Indian Doctor Audiobook

A Warrior of the People: How Susan La Flesche Overcame Racial and Gender Inequality to Become America’s First Indian Doctor Audiobook, by Joe  Starita Extended Sample Click for printable size audiobook cover
Author: Joe Starita Narrator: Carrington MacDuffie Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2016 ISBN: 9781441744487
0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book)
Regular Price: $19.95 Add to Cart
— or —
FlexPass™ Price: $12.95$7.95$7.95 for new members!
Add to Cart learn more )

On March 14, 1889, Susan La Flesche received her medical degree―becoming the first Native American doctor in US history. She earned her degree thirty-one years before women could vote and thirty-five years before Indians could become citizens in their own country.

By age twenty-six, this fragile but indomitable Indian woman became the doctor to her tribe. Overnight, she acquired 1,244 patients scattered across 1,350 square miles of rolling countryside with few roads. Her patients often were desperately poor and desperately sick with tuberculosis, small pox, measles, and influenza, with their families scattered miles apart, and whose last hope was a young woman who spoke their language and knew their customs.

This is the story of an Indian woman who effectively became the chief of an entrenched patriarchal tribe, the story of a woman who crashed through thick walls of ethnic, racial, and gender prejudice and then spent the rest of her life using a unique bicultural identity to improve the lot of her people―physically, emotionally, politically, and spiritually.

A Warrior of the People is the moving biography of Susan La Flesche’s inspirational life, the subject of the PBS documentary Medicine Woman, and it will finally shine a light on her numerous accomplishments.

Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “[We] will remember her the way we remember Eleanor Roosevelt, Helen Keller, Mother Jones, and Rosa Parks. Bravo, Joe. Thank you for introducing all of us to a new hero.”

    Mary Pipher, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Starita is a fine writer…and presents a layered portrait of her as a person with vulnerabilities and anxieties as well as dreams and determination. La Flesche’s story is moving and illuminating, and Starita has done it justice.”

    Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • “[A] riveting story of a nineteenth-century feminist and change agent…This rebel’s dogged determination is something of a road map and definitely an inspiration to those trying to break through twenty-first century glass ceilings.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “Starita’s biography of this remarkable woman is both heartening and enlightening.”


  • “Carrington MacDuffie offers a warm, engaging narration of this work…MacDuffie carries the story along, even through some historical side trips that add context but slow the narrative arc. La Flesche was a prolific letter writer, and excerpts of those missives make her story more personal.”


  • “I would recommend this book to all for its integrity and delicate humanity.”

    Irene Bedard, actor, producer, and star of Smoke Signals

  • “In a literary landscape awash in portraits of Native peoples from male perspectives―from Custer to Sitting Bull, from Comanche warriors to Buffalo Soldiers―this extraordinary story offers something else: What was it like to be an Omaha and Ponca woman in the late-1800s, navigating the collision between Manifest Destiny and Native nations and cultures? How do you become a doctor of Western medicine when white-male America declares that the stress of college renders women infertile? How does it feel to be alone on the prairie, saving lives and wondering if you will die an old maid? If you’re looking for a taut, haunting, inspiring, honest narrative that answers these questions―and richly showcases a strong Native woman in a century before that term existed―look no farther.”

    Dr. Suzan Shown Harjo, president, Morning Star Institute

Listener Reviews

Be the first to write a review about this audiobook!
Write a Review

About the Author

Joe Starita is the author of several books, including I Am a Man: Chief Standing Bear’s Journey for Justice and The Dull Knifes of Pine Ridge, which was nominated for the Pultizer Prize and won the MPIBA Award. He was the New York bureau chief for Knight-Ridder newspapers and a veteran investigative reporter for the Miami Herald. His stories won more than two dozen awards, one of which was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for local reporting. He has held an endowed chair at the University of Nebraska’s College of Journalism and Mass Communications.

About the Narrator

Carrington MacDuffie is a voice actor and recording artist who has narrated over two hundred audiobooks, received numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards, and has been a frequent finalist for the Audie Award, including for her original audiobook, Many Things Invisible. Alongside her narration work, she has released a new album of original songs, Only an Angel.