What are some historical events, like kidnapping, that relate to this story.I have to write a paper comparing three historical events to this story, particularly about kidnapping for ransom and...

What are some historical events, like kidnapping, that relate to this story.

I have to write a paper comparing three historical events to this story, particularly about kidnapping for ransom and around the year the story was written.  Assuming 1910 was when it was written.

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lynnebh eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I am not clear as to whether you are looking for real events or realistic events that might have occurred around the time the story was published (1910 is correct). If you do some digging online, you can find a couple of kidnappings that occurred in 1910 (see one of the links below). Also, if you search online for "rural crimes + 1910" you will discover some interesting information about crime in rural areas. In this short story, the two crooks purposefully choose a rural area in which to kidnap a child because they think law enforcement will be lax there and because they believe parents have more involvement with their children in rural areas.

Another huge historical influence would be the question of the Native Americans. Although 1910 is a little late for the heyday of the Native Americans, the settlement of the West, and all of the idealistic admiration of Indians that "Red Chief" has, you could still choose a multitude of historical events that involve Indians capturing settlers, or vice versa, that "Red Chief" (Johnny) tries to emulate in his pretend playing.

See info about the short story here on enotes.

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The Ransom of Red Chief

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