Monday, September 26

Little Banned House on the Prairie

Original artwork by Garth Williams.
It simply boggles my imagination that anyone, ANYONE, could ban Laura Ingalls Wilder's classic Little House on the Prairie.

I mean, yes, some of the characters don't like Indians and say so, but what they overlook is that Pa and Laura both like, admire and respect them.

Yes, there are a couple of tense chapters where Indians consider going on warpath but they don't. And Pa salutes the leader who saved them all.

Even when forced to leave their home, Pa is (understandably) furious at the government - not the Indians.

See yesterday's comment about white-washing the past (future?) to make it more acceptable - or politically correct.

Philosopher George Santayana said, "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."

Do we really want to repeat the shameful chapters of our past?

I, for one, don't. Even with a time machine.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Addie
    The Little House series are among my favorite books of all time. People also object to one of the books where Pa dances in black face. Your quote is so true. If everyone banned books that are not politically correct you'd lose history and lose a lot of great books!