Posts Tagged: Laura Ingalls Wilder

The End of the Road

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At The Establishment, Anne Theriault recounts driving out West to see the house of her childhood heroine Laura Ingalls, and what it taught her about the horrific underpinnings of the American Dream:

And then we passed a mural with a confederate flag and I felt that hot prickle of shame and fear—fear because of what the flag means and shame because of how cluelessly white it is to be able to walk around rural Missouri and smile blithely at everyone and never once think about the color of my skin… Which is not really so different, after all, from being able to read through the Little House books and ignore the genocidal foundation Laura’s adventures are built on.

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The Rumpus Interview with Connie Wanek

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Connie Wanek discusses her latest book, Rival Gardens: New and Selected Poems, the challenge of looking back at older poems, and what prioritizing writing looks like. ...more

Fact-Checking Little House on the Prairie

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Several months ago, Maggie Koerth-Baker wrote about Laura Ingalls Wilder’s account of her family’s brush with a trio of serial-killer siblings and her decision to leave the gruesome tale out of her Little House on the Prairie books.

The details of Wilder’s story didn’t quite add up, which prompted Koerth-Baker to ask questions about the nature of childhood memories and the entire memoir genre.

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