Post 27:
“Founder’s Day”

Post 27: “Founder’s Day”

From 13-Year-Old Anne’s Journal — December 6, 1982 – GOOD “Walnut Grove had a Founder’s Day celebration. Mary competes in a jump rope contest and loses to Willie. Ma & Mrs. Oleson both lose the pie baking contest. Laura loses the hoop rolling contest to Nellie. Ma & Laura win the three-legged race. Mr. Oleson wins tug-of-war. Pa lets this old man beat him in the log.(sic)” ____________________________________________________ From Anne — Whoa, that sounds rough: Pa letting an old man “beat him in the log.” Despite the sado-masochistic phrasing in my journal there, this episode has a nice innocence to it. And on the heels of our own presidential inauguration that drew almost a million people to D.C. this week, it’s sweet...

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Post 26: “Survival”

Post 26: “Survival”

From 13-Year-Old Anne’s Journal — December 4, 1982 – EXCELLENT “The family went out for a trip. A blizzard hit & they found a cabin. Charles went out for game & he passed out. A wanted Indian helped him home. A sheriff who is looking for him is in the cabin too. He makes the Indian put away his rifle & ties him up. He gets away. Later he brings back the deer. He is shot. Charles takes care of him. The sheriff leaves and doesn’t tell about it. At the end he waves to Charles as they are leaving.” ____________________________________________________ From Tracy — Ah the redemption of the Native American in pop culture! When did it officially begin? Was it with literature and the “noble savage” archetype in the late 1800s? Or...

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