We sat down with historian Michelle McClellan, a professor in the History Department at the University of Michigan to discuss the meaning of these works.
These programs are fully in-character, and interactive. Among them, my top two most asked questions are undoubtedly: We must remember that: We must remember that the incidents she fictionalized in her novels took place during her childhood and were heavily influenced by the adults around her.
We must be mindful of our biases and our own lack of background and context before we take our speculations too far down any one road.
But we, as readers and admirers of Laura, certainly can consider these things. She uses anecdotal evidence to explain why they gave it up almost as quickly, then discusses how the Ingalls family moved on to Kansas.
This may seem trivial, but I promise, it matters. Laura herself was guilty of a similar infraction when she wrote Farmer Boy. Did Fraser seek inadvertently or otherwise to perpetuate the myth of isolation and independence that Laura and Rose clung to?
There is one detail of the journey that most certainly is off: Having spent decades studying primary documents and innumerable secondary accounts of overland travel spanning most of the 19th century I find it highly unlikely that Charles and Caroline Ingalls ventured to Missouri from Wisconsin alone.
The sheer peril of a family traveling such great distance by covered wagon and alone—at any point in the 19th century—was ill-advised and rare. I have a difficult time believing Charles or Caroline would be so reckless as to attempt it.
Furthermore, given all the discussion about the U.
Incidentally, my favorite article on the matter is Penny T. Linsenmeyer digs deep into the origins and extended negotiation of the Sturges Treaty using a wide range of primary sources. The article sheds light on a topic of perennial controversy in the Little House series as it presents a good deal more evidence of Osage side of the story, engendering empathy in the reader by the use of cold, hard, ugly facts.
In her discussion of Kansas, Fraser states: Fraser is, of course, referring to Pioneer Girl.
I take exception to this, as the timeline alone remember, Laura was a toddler in Kansas! I admire Fraser for the attempt, and am looking forward to seeing how her use of the memoir in conjunction with her research plays out for the balance of Prairie Fires.
There is SO much to talk about!At the conclusion of Little House on the Prairie, it is the Ingalls family, not the Osage, who must leave.
Wilder invites readers to consider a point seldom acknowledged in the literature.
Jun 25, · The white clapboard farmhouse where Laura Ingalls Wilder wrote many of the books in her Little House on the Prairie novels still stands in Mansfield, Mo. Mark Schiefelbein /AP hide caption. Help celebrate the th anniversary of the birth of Laura Ingalls Wilder, author of the beloved Little House series of books at these Libraries.
Laura was born on Feb 7, Laura enthusiast, Judy Green will bring Laura and her stories to life for these events.
Nov 27, · 'Pioneer Girl,' Laura Ingalls Wilder's memoir, is a rich addition to Wilder lore, although it still raises questions about who wrote the 'Little House' books.
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