e-Vision Journal of Undergraduate Writing

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The Absent Indian

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Young readers flock to Peggy Parish’s books because they are fun to read. This can be dangerous. Parish’s books mold children’s view of the world, and it is easy to understand how the subtly racist material that makes up some of her books, such as Granny and the Indians, is helping to foster prejudices children will carry with them to adulthood. The types of opinions Parrish is forming are the ones that children will not even realize have been internalized.

Colin Greene is a sophomore at JMU. He is a double major in SMAD and Philosophy.



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