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Dave Davis <[log in to unmask]>
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Mon, 27 Mar 2023 13:22:47 -0400
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Having asked that, I perhaps should go read this recent book --

Reviewed by: Beverly Lyon Clark
*Mark Twain among the Indians and Other Indigenous People.*
By Kerry Driscoll. Oakland: University of California Press, 2018. ix + 420
pp. Figures, notes, bibliography, index. $95.00, cloth

On Mon, Mar 27, 2023 at 1:20 PM Dave Davis <[log in to unmask]>

> He clearly wrote and published some highly negative comments. Did he ever
> praise an Indigenous American, whether a fictional character or a real-life
> person?
> As we all know -- He was active and in the public eye in June, 1876
> (Battle of the Little Big Horn) and in December, 1890 (Wounded Knee
> Massacre). 'Wild West' shows were common before 1905. Certainly, once he
> returned to residency in the US (during 1901) and was consulted by
> reporters for his view on anything and everything. His anti-imperialist
> stance -- perhaps the connection could be drawn -- was public from 1898 on,
> I believe.
> On Mon, Mar 27, 2023 at 12:57 PM Scott Holmes <[log in to unmask]>
> wrote:
>> I recently queried about a note I found in "Heretical Fictions" on his
>> apparent sympathy for "Indians" in his later decades.  I received a
>> reference to a  masters Thesis from 1984 that argues he never actually
>> hated Indians, he was only using them as a rhetorical device to
>> criticize Western Civilization.  My opinion is that the vehemence of his
>> comments belie this idea.  I posted a short essay on this on my personal
>> website for those interested.
>> --
>> /Unaffiliated Geographer and Twain aficionado/