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Book Title: In the Hands of the Senecas|
The author of the book: Walter D. Edmonds
Edition: Syracuse University Press
Date of issue: October 1st 1995
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 391 KB
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Reader ratings: 4.7
ISBN 13: 9780815603269
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Rescue me. As a captivity narrative, Edmonds milks the genre as dry as a corn stalk in September. The worst part about this novel is the embedded racism against the Senecas and the League of the Iroquis.
Hard to believe that the white race should feel so utterly moved by the pathos of their women being captured by the Senecas when the whites forced Africans into slavery for centuries and called it good because it was 'legal.'
Hard to believe that the innocent homesteaders should feel disgust by the scalps being taken when the Natives merely learned how to scalp from the British as early as 1755.
I read this novel because I teach Native American literature at my college and I wanted to see how Edmonds portrayed them and I see that he perpetuated the common racism of his age. As art, it is tinny, flimsy, and shallow and as a historical novel, it panders to its current age more than to history.
Worse, I see that the contents of the novel had been previously published in the Saturday Evening Post. In other words, such embedded racism had a wide distribution. Why do lies fly around the world seven times before truth can even lace up its boots?
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Read information about the authorWalter D. Edmonds has been a National Book Award winner and recipient of the Newbery Medal. He is the author of Bert Breen’s Barn, The Boyds of Black River, In the Hands of the Senecas, Mostly Canallers, Rome Haul, Time to Go House, and most recently the autobiographical Tales My Father Never Told, all available from Syracuse University Press.
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