Conclusion

When I read Mark Twain’s classic yarn of the West,Roughing It, I found it entertaining reading but negative in its treatment of the Shoshoneans of Utah and Nevada, whom he called “the wretchedest type of mankind … ever seen.”¹ Twain’s perspective was undoubtedly influenced by late nineteenth century...

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Published in: Washakie Letters Of Willie Ottogary p. 242
Format: Book Chapter
Language: English
Published: Utah State University Press 10-01-2000
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Summary: When I read Mark Twain’s classic yarn of the West,Roughing It, I found it entertaining reading but negative in its treatment of the Shoshoneans of Utah and Nevada, whom he called “the wretchedest type of mankind … ever seen.”¹ Twain’s perspective was undoubtedly influenced by late nineteenth century Social Darwinism, which viewed Indians and other ethnic groups collectively as lower races. Twain was reflecting beliefs common in much of white American society during the late nineteenth century in attempting humor at the expense of Western Indian groups. Not long after readingRoughing It, I readThe Shoshoni Frontier and
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