Reader Opinion: A disgrace to Laura Ingalls Wilder
How many of you or your children read the books by Laura Ingalls Wilder? She was my daughter's favorite author. If you haven't read them, how many of you, with your entire family, sat down to watch the TV series "Little House On The Prairie"? Weren't they delightful? Laura's stories about her family and herself and what it was like to grow up on a meager farm setting in "The Great Plains" in the '30s and the '40s—all a part of history. I now have seen that The Association for Library Service who have given out yearly the "Laura Ingalls Wilder" award to authors whose work has made a lasting impact on the world of children's literature are stripping her name from the title because of racist themes depicting Native Americans as inhuman and inconsequential. Disgraceful to dishonor her by doing this.
I am a writer who fully believes that without written episodes of any era, there would be no recorded history. However when portions that may not seem perfect in someone else's estimation are found to be erased, one wonders who may be editing the articles. History should not be erased or re-written because someone finds them disagreeable, but of course ALSC (the Association for Library Service) claims it's not censorship. What do you call it? Let your voices be heard.
Carol Joan Campbell