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Daniel Boone Social Sensitivity

James Daugherty
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America's social consciousness about the white settlers' treatment of Native Americans has changed dramatically in the fifty years since Daniel Boone was written. Daugherty fails to question the settlers' assumption that they had an unalienable right to the land that Native Americans had lived off of for centuries—an assumption that led to tragic consequences for Native American culture. The text refers to Native Americans as "savages" and "varmints," and the lavish illustrations depict them viciously attacking white settlers. The racist assumptions underlying the narrative are apparent in the description of the white renegade Girty: "He hated and fought his own race with a cunning and brutality that surpassed the fiercest savage." Parents and teachers should discuss with readers how attitudes on this subject have changed over the past several decades as Americans have come to realize that the conflict between Native Americans and settlers was not...

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