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Kathy B
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This was posted to a travel message board.
quote:
"I don't feel we did wrong in taking this great country away from the
Indians. There were great numbers of people who needed new land, and the
Indians were selfishly trying to keep it for themselves." -- John Wayne
Some people said that it was "well known" that John Wayne was a bigot, but no one could prove or disprove that he ever said this. Anyone care to tackle it?

Kathy "yes, I know the subject line is a misquote" B.


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noreen
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I thought I hears that Ronnie Raygun said that.
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Sara at home
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I don't know if either John Wayne or Ronald Regan ever said this but most people of their generation(s) believed it. This is what we were taught in school as recently as the early 1960's. It was the doctrine of Manifest Destiny, at least as it was taught to generations of Americans. We were taught that this was a good and righteous thing. We were told that God wanted this for America -- white European American, that is.

I do not believe that, if either man said this, it is an indication of a deep, personal bigotry.

Read all about Manifest Destiny. http://www.mtholyoke.edu/acad/intrel/osulliva.htm

Sara "times they are a changing"


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DrFraud
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quote:
Originally posted by Sara at home:
I don't know if either John Wayne or Ronald Regan ever said this but most people of their generation(s) believed it. This is what we were taught in school as recently as the early 1960's.

You mean "the early 1980's:"

"There were a couple of fights
To win land rights
But the West was meant to be -
It was our Manifest Destiny..."

- From the Schoolhouse Rock song "Elbow Room"


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