"Not Written in Stone: Learning and Unlearning American History Through 200 Years of Textbooks"
By Eleanor J. Bader
William Backus Guitteau's 1930 text, "Our United States," moved the focus from cultural exoticism to present Native Americans as brutal antagonists. "Their warfare was cruel almost beyond belief," he wrote. "The warrior scalped his dead foe and wore the scalp as a trophy and proof of his prowess. Captives were tortured with every cruelty that human ingenuity could devise."
By 1991, however, Clarence L. Ver Steeg's and Carol Ann Skinner's "Exploring America's Heritage" downplayed violence and instead focused on communal living and nurturance. "In almost every group," they wrote, "children learned without school buildings, books, or hired teacher. Parents, grandparents and elders were the teachers. The world was the classroom."
It's why I question our default beliefs and cultural mindset here in Newspaper Rock. Even if you don't agree with my conclusions, you have to think critically to address them. Once you start thinking critically, it's hard to stop. ;-)
For more on the subject, see Indians in Christian Textbooks and "A Savage People" in 1996 Encyclopedia.