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The first autobiography written and published by a Native American woman, Sara Winnemucca Hopkins' Life Among the Piutes was originally released in 1883, and was edited by Mrs. Horace Mann. It follows ... Read full review
This book is a first-hand account of the plight of the Northern Paiutes WRITTEN BY SARAH WINNEMUCCA HOPKINS!!! It is NOT, as claimed by Google, written or comprised of work that is even mostly Mary Tyler Peabody Mann's! As stated by Mary Mann herself in the Editor's Preface, "MY [Mary Mann's] editing has consisted in copying the original manuscript in correct orthography and punctuation, with occasional emendations by the author..." and later stating in the same introduction that "no one would desire that her [Hopkins'] own words should be altered." This is like saying that "Walden" was written by Emerson just because Thoreau was on his land and a contemporary of his. This is ridiculous, a misrepresentation, and quite frankly, strikes me as racist. Let the Native American woman get credit for her own writing, please. It was hard enough for her to get a job after she published this, she doesn't need to have her credit stolen more than a century after her death!