The Political Significance Of Captivity Narratives
Richard VanDerBeets (essay date 1972)
SOURCE: "'A Thirst for Empire': The Indian Captivity Narrative as Propaganda," in Research Studies, Vol. 40, No. 3, September, 1972, pp. 207-15.
[In the following essay, VanDerBeets discusses captivity narratives as vehicles for propaganda, employed to incite anti-Indian sentiment during the period dominated by the idea of Manifest Destiny.]
These few instances of savage cruelty … must strike the utmost horror, and cause in every breast the utmost detestation, not only against the authors, but against those who, through inattention, or pusillanimous or erroneous principles, suffered...
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