Wizard of Oz Author L. Frank Baum Denigrates American Indians Hot

Wizard of Oz Author L. Frank Baum Denigrates American Indians

L. Frank Baum
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L. Frank Baum writes in the Saturday Pioneer about the death of Sitting Bull, arguing that it might be best to simply exterminate all the remaining Native Americans.

According to Baum:

"With his fall the nobility of the Redskin is extinguished, and what few are left are a pack of whining curs who lick the hand that smites them.

The Whites, by law of conquest, by justice of civilization, are masters of the American continent, and the best safety of the frontier settlements will be secured by the total annihilation of the few remaining Indians.

Why not annihilation? Their glory has fled, their spirit broken, their manhood effaced; better that they die than live the miserable wretches that they are. History would forget these latter despicable beings, and speak, in later ages of the glory of these grand Kings of forest and plain that Cooper loved to heroism.

We cannot honestly regret their extermination, but we at least do justice to the manly characteristics possessed, according to their lights and education, by the early Redskins of America."

L. Frank Baum is better known to most people as the author of the Wizard of Oz books.

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