Roughing It - Chapter 19

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Roughing It - Chapter 19
The Digger Indians Compared with the Bushmen of Africa—Food, Life and Characteristics—Cowardly Attack on a Stage Coach—A Brave Driver—The Noble Red Man
 

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Submitted by scott on

So I got a dislike of this video on YouTube. There was no comment attached just a dislike. I suspect that this particular chapter rated the dislike because it displays Twain at possibly his worst. He particularly disliked the "digger indians". The term "digger" is considered derogatory, of course. Twain made no attempt to actually identify who these people were, in fact he pretty much lumped all American Indians together, except for those from Fenimore Cooper's imagination. Those referred to in this chapter were either Paiutes or Shoshones. One of the illustrations mentions "Goshoot" indians. The Goshute Indians, according to Wikipedia, were "Western Shoshone", Goshute meaning "desert people".