Tuesday, September 27, 2011

To Benjamin Franklin, regarding the "Remarks Concerning the Savages of North America"

Dearest Benjamin Franklin,

As I have read in an excerpt of "Remarks Concerning the Savages of North America", your stance on Native American culture exudes a less harsh point of view than that of many other Europeans. For this, I would like to appreciate this work. As well as kindly reminiscing on the daily life and customs of Native Americans, you also credit their demeanor. Unlike most authors, whom create a portrait of Native Americans as beastly savages, you comment on their quiet manner. In ways, this portrait does good, but it could also have a negative impact. By implying they are so submissive, other people could try to take advantage of them, which happened. Another complaint is that you imply that it is better for them to become assimilated into your culture. This is not necessarily true, but most Americans believe this. Overall, I appreciate the positive image of Native Americans I receive from the beginnings of this article.

Sincerely,
Zoe

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