Wilma Mankiller Biography

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Do you want to know about Wilma Mankiller? Mankiller is in her autobiography and Abbey’s biography. The biography written by Susannah Abbey, titled Community Hero: Wilma Mankiller focus on Mankiller’s childhood, her leadership ability, and her quotes from Mankiller’s autobiography, adding her opinion of Mankiller’s character. Mankiller’s autobiography, from “Every Day Is a New Day,” focuses on specific experiences that developed her thoughts and action in life. Mankiller also writes about the history of indigenous people and expressing how she feels. The two stories both focus on Mankiller, but they are different in a several ways. Susannah Abbey’s biography of Wilma Mankiller mainly focuses on Mankiller’s childhood and leadership abilities. For example, page 88, lines 17-21, “She missed the farm and she hated the school where white…show more content…
Community Hero is a biography written in third person by Abbey, where as Every Day is a New Day is an autobiography written in first person by Mankiller herself. Mankiller does not focus on herself, she barely mentions anything about her youth, For example, page 93, lines 65-68, “At Pit River, I learned that sovereignty was more than a legal concept. It represents the ability of the People to articulate their own vision of the future, control their destiny, and watch over their lands. It means freedom and responsibility.” That shows Mankiller is more focused on the lessons and what she learned, rather than herself. Every Day is a New Day is also poetic. In Community Hero, Abbey said a lot about Mankiller’s childhood, like on page 87, lines 1-3, “Wilma Mankiller came from a large family that spent many years on the family farm in Oklahoma. They were, of course, poor, but not desperately so.” Abbey also mentioned that Mankiller was “a natural leader,” (page 89, lines
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