'Little House On The Prairie' Author's Name Removed From Book Award

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Wilder is famed for her "Little House on the Prairie" series, which was based on her childhood in a settler family during the late 1800s.

After months of deliberation, the organization behind a prestigious book award has chose to remove the name of author Laura Ingalls Wilder because of her portrayal of Native Americans.

The ALSC said in a statement: "Wilder's legacy, as represented by her body of work, includes expressions of stereotypical attitudes inconsistent with ALSC's core values of inclusiveness, integrity and respect, and responsiveness". "Only Indians lived there", implied that Native Americans were not people-in response, the publisher then changed "people" to "settlers".

The first award was given to Wilder in 1954, three years before her death.

Fraser was responding to news that the American Library Service to Children (part of the American Library Association) was considering removing Wilder's name from a children's literature award.

The racial issues in her books have been debated long before February, when the ALSC announced it would be voting on whether to keep Wilder's name on its award, calling her legacy "complex".

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The editor at Harper's who received the reader's complaint wrote back saying it was "unbelievable" to her that not a single person at Harper's ever noticed, for almost 20 years, that the sentence appeared to imply that Native Americans were not people, according to a 2007 biography of Wilder by Pamela Smith Hill.

However, while recent years have seen a steady increase in academics, educators, and left-wing activists pushing to purge controversial cultural artifacts from modern institutions, others say that whitewashing such works from the public memory does more harm than good. The tales are so ingrained in the traditions of children's literature that it may be easy to forget or overlook that Wilder, who wrote the books in the 1930s and 40s, depicts Native Americans as inhuman and inconsequential.

"Whether we love Wilder or hate her, we should know her", she wrote.

"Laura Ingalls Wilder's books have been and will continue to be deeply meaningful to many readers", the presidents of the ALSC and ALA, Nina Lindsay and Jim Neal, said in a joint statement on Monday.

Laura Ingalls Wilder is one of the best-known children's authors.

"Each generation revises the literary canon". In 1952, she apologized amid criticism for the opening sentences of "Little House on the Prairie", which state, "there were no people". "For decades, her legacy has been awash in sentimentality, but every American ... should learn the harsh history behind her work".

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