[Marxism] Frank Baum on Native Americans - from Wikipedia

Mark Lause markalause at gmail.com
Sat Apr 13 21:51:39 MDT 2013


Apologies to the list for missending to everybody.my ghut reaction to DW's
inability to address comments without misrepresenting them.  It was
intended as a private expression of exasperation, though I really should
certainly be used to it after years of it.

ML


On Sat, Apr 13, 2013 at 11:26 PM, Mark Lause <markalause at gmail.com> wrote:

> 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.
>>
>> 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.
>>
>> soli,
>> DCQ
>>
>> 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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