“With his fall [Sitting Bull] the nobility of the Redskin is extinguished… The Whites, by law of conquest, by justice of civilization, are masters of the American continent, and the best safety of the frontier settlements will be secured by the total annihilation of the few remaining Indians.
Why not annihilation?… We cannot honestly regret their extermination, but we at least do justice to the manly characteristics possessed, according to their lights and education, by the early Redskins of America.”
These are the wise words of L. Frank Baum, the famous author of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, that appeared in Saturday Pioneer, December 20, 1890. “Like many of his compatriots, Baum had personally lived through many of the Indian wars and atrocities firsthand,” writes Arthur Kemp in his monumental history of the white race. “His deeply-entrenched and strongly-held opinions were shared by many at the time.”