By Debbie Reese
What is behind Limbaugh's creation of a Native American girl named Freedom?
Later in the story, we learn that her mother (we never learn of a specific tribe for Freedom or her mother) named her Freedom because she was born on the fourth of July. Let's think about that for a minute. There are obvious factual errors in the book related to Limbaugh's presentation of slavery. With his character, Freedom, we see how fiction can be manipulated in the service of a particular ideology. Limbaugh is creating a modern day Native girl as someone who holds the same views as he does. Packed into, and around, his Native character are many stereotypes of Native peoples. Does he cast her in that way so that it isn't only White people who view history as he does?
I think so. He casts Squanto and Samoset that way, too.
If you want to allow your kids to form their own opinions with truthful facts and accurate depictions of history, then do not buy this book. It is appalling this could be published as a legitimate book. Talk about propaganda! This book is like training a child to be a robot and have no thoughts of their own. Please save the next generation from the brand of manipulative, deceitful (even hateful) propaganda Rush Limbaugh sells.
The first and last book by Limbaugh that I will read. He neglects to share what terrible things were done to the Native Americans. There land was stolen from them, there population was diminished by disease and being slaughtered. They were robbed of their lands and freedom. I guess that point is not important.
Historically, it was inaccurate, which really bothers me, as the premise of the book is to bring history to life. It is also full of jabs towards a certain political party that are completely unnecessary and have nothing to do with the story in the book. I am really disappointed with this book. Definitely not one I will be sharing with my children.
Yes, we certainly want a man who flunked out of college to teach history to American children. Why bother hiring qualified teachers in schools?