Brian Miller’s great-grandmother was sisters with Laura’s mother, and Miller met Laura as a child. Wilder’s demotion by the top library association ‘felt like a knife in the back,’ he says.
In Laura Ingalls Wilder’s books, her family shows entirely reasonable fear plus charitable, patient treatment of people whom long experience indicates may rape and scalp them. This is the opposite of racism. It is remarkable.
Pretending things that make us uncomfortable never happened isn’t going to make America better, or make American children more informed.
The ‘Little House’ books open a lost world for today’s kids—and adults.
Technology and capitalism may have given us more comfort and power than we can handle.
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