The Great Debate

It seems we have a bit of a debate on our hands.

This article out of the Boston Globe appeared just a few days ago.

And then this article on, a rebuttal of sorts, just came through my Google alerts.

I won’t be wordy here so that you can read them both. But… what say YOU?

August 15, 2013 – Edited to add: Yet another article. This time in the Washington Post online.

Posted in Laura's Legacy, Little House in the News, LIW-Related Items
4 comments on “The Great Debate
  1. Oooo-ooooh, let’s get a debate-style coverage of this at the next Laurapalooza! “Resolved: That Rose Wilder Lane intentionally “Libertarianed-up” the Little House books written by Laura Ingalls Wilder”

  2. LauriOH says:

    Not a debate comment, but this quote made me giggle –
    “I’ve read the story of those innkeepers, as told by Lane. But it never occurred to me that Wilder and Lane might have put it in a children’s book, because it was one of the most chilling stories I’ve ever heard, and used to wake me up at nights. Only a lunatic would put a story like that in a book for children … at least, in a book for children that they wanted to sell.”
    Well, yeah that’s not really a wholesome children’s story.

    • Carla says:

      Are you referring to the Bloody Benders? I was under the impression that it was resolved Laura’s family had actually already left Kansas in 1871, and the Bender scandal broke in 1873. I agree, it’s chilling in any case.( I read the original newspaper accounts some time ago.)

  3. ACCER says:

    The Woodside article is stupid and hypocritical. The McArdle article is well-reasoned and accurate. The Doherty article reiterates the McArdle article.

    Woodside is an Ultra-Liberal nutjob (I read her Twitter feed and saw her Facebook page) that is writing a little house book and is trying to get people ready to buy it even if it’s only to rip it apart. I for one will only read it via the library. I will not contribute one cent to Woodside and her scheme.