L. Frank Baum wrote the Wizard of Oz in 1900. It became a movie in the United States in 1939, and continues to be a hit today. From 1890-1891, Baum published a small newspaper in Aberdeen, South Dakota. In his editorials, he advocated for the extermination of American Indians. Uncovering the Wizard contains mostly Baum’s words from the end parentheses to "In 1876," although I did use some of my own words, and formatted Baum's like a poem. Here’s the source I used for the piece: L. Frank Baum’s Editorials on the Sioux Nation.
Uncovering the Wizard
“Columbus saved the Indians from themselves.”
The road to Oz is bricked in yellow veneer
polishing a sheen on L. Frank Baum’s
(Peek now, behind the curtain.)
Their glory fled
better to die
than live as
miserable wretches .
Wronged for centuries
to protect civilization
we better follow with one more wrong
wipe these creatures
untamed and untamable
free from the face of the earth.
History will remember
these despicable beings
History will speak in later ages
of the glory
of these Kings of forest and plain
that Cooper loved to heroism.
The early Redskins of America
will be no more. We cannot
honestly regret their extermination.
In 1876, the Carlisle Indian Industrial School
took Captain Richard Henry Pratt's motto
as it's own: Kill the Indian and save the man!
scaffolding for cultural architects.
And now, we’re off to see the Wizard!
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