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originally posted by: burdman30ott6
The part they took offense with wasn't even incorrect given the situation when it was written. This is as stupid as saying Laura Ingalls Wilder's writings were in any way racist. Until 120 years or so ago Americans were actively fighting indians in the western US and yes, by definition of the word, those indians were savages. The modern "noble savage" myth is largely to blame for why modern times seems to be eager to whitewash the fact that the fighting was mutual between the sides and neither party was in the right or the wrong. It was a simple case of cultural clash and land wars and the more powerful side won. It's happened countless times through history and there's just no reason for anyone not directly kin to the side that lost to get all lugubrious over it.