Little House On The Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder

This entry in the series looks at the politics of being a settler in the late 1800s. Laura’s Pa packs them up and leaves Wisconsin because too many settlers have come to the area. He leads them to Kansas based on rumours that Indian Territory will soon be open to settlement. Pa teaches his family to respect the natives’ right of way on their farm and to leave them alone, all while resting on the belief that the U.S. government declared native land open to his family. After a year he learns that Indian Territory is in fact not open to settlement and the army is on its way to eject any settlers. Livid at the thought of being forcibly removed from his land, Pa packs them up again and moves East. Full of entitlement yet anti-authoritarian, how American.

 

Summary:

Laura Ingalls and her family are moving! They travel from Wisconsin to Kansas, where wide open land stretches as far as the eye can see. Sometimes farm life is difficult, even dangerous, but Laura and her family are kept busy and are happy with the promise of their new life on the prairie.

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