[Marxism] Frank Baum on Native Americans - from Wikipedia

Mark Lause markalause at gmail.com
Sat Apr 13 21:26:50 MDT 2013


What a dick!


On Sat, Apr 13, 2013 at 10:41 PM, DCQ <davecq at yahoo.com> wrote:

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> Oh for fuck's sake. Conspiracy theory as literary criticism. This thing
> makes "The DaVinci Code" look credible.
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> Anyone who has studied Baum recently knows about his notorious anti-Indian
> editorials (his position seems to have evolved from a romantic
> ("orientalist"?) idealization to genocidal contempt). They should be more
> widely known. But to say The Wizard of Oz is a secret decoder ring for
> Indian genocide is at least as silly as (far more silly, in fact, than)
> saying it is an allegory of populist revolution. The fact that people claim
> both should tell you something.
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> soli,
> DCQ
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> On Apr 13, 2013, at 9:17 PM, Louis Proyect wrote:
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> >
> > June 26 / 27, 2004
> > L. Frank Baum: Racist
> > Indian-Hating in "The Wizard of Oz"
> > By THOMAS ST. JOHN
> >
> > Lyman Frank Baum (1856-1919) advocated the extermination of the American
> > Indian in his 1899 fantasy "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz". Baum was an
> > Irish nationalist newspaper editor, a former resident of Aberdeen in the
> > old Dakota Indian territory. His sympathies with the village pioneers
> > caused him to invent the Oz fantasy to justify extermination. All of
> > Baum's "innocent" symbols clearly represent easily recognizable frontier
> > landmarks, political realities, and peoples. These symbols were
> > presented to frontier children, to prepare them for their racially
> > violent future.
> >
> > The Yellow Brick Road represents the yellow brick gold at the end of the
> > Bozeman Road to the Montana gold fields. Chief Red Cloud had forced the
> > razing of several posts, including Fort Phil Kearney, and had forced the
> > signing of the Fort Laramie Treaty. When George Armstrong Custer cut
> > "the Thieves' Road" during his 1874 gold expedition invasion of the
> > sacred Black Hills, he violated this treaty, and turned U.S. foreign
> > policy toward the Little Big Horn and the Wounded Knee massacre.
> >
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