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Mark Twain Forum <[log in to unmask]>
Tue, 9 Dec 2014 23:53:01 -0800
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That does sound like a change in his attitude.      Recently I was given
the 1968 copy of Time Magazine which printed the unfinished manuscript of -
Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer- Among the Indians.  Apparently he was
determined to counter  romanticism about the Indians but finished before he
got to the inevitable worst part.  VERY hard to read from an emotional
point of view.

Some California Indians still haven't forgiven Twain for what he said about
them back in the 1860s.  Weren't we told here just recently that they
lobbied against any part of the Lake Tahoe Shoreline being named after him?

Arianne Laidlaw

On Tue, Dec 9, 2014 at 7:43 PM, Scott Holmes <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> I have long wondered if Twain had ever changed his opinion of the
> American Indian.  I don't know if this represents a change or not but in
> chapter 14 of Following the Equator he notes that he never saw an
> Australian "Aboriginal" or "blackfellow". He goes on to say "We have at
> home an abundance of museums, and not an American Indian in them.  It is
> clearly an absurdity, but it never struck me before."

Arianne Laidlaw A '58