Posted by Sarah on August 18, 1998 at 18:53:06:
In Reply to: Robert Rogers posted by Marcia on August 18, 1998 at 11:29:24:
: In watching this interesting show on Rogers and his Rangers, one of the narrator's sentences struck me rather forcibly, and I've been waiting to see if anyone else mentioned it in the Legends of the Northwest thread. Since no one has, I'm throwing it out here for consideration. The statement was made that one of Rogers' most earnest goals as a young lad was to have killed an Indian (any Indian, apparently) before he was 14. I know this has to be taken in the context of the thinking of the era & the way Rogers was raised, but it still strikes me as a very sad indictment of the times. It made me think of the line from the Ballad of Davy Crockett..."kilt him a b'ar when he was only three." As though killing an Indian were a rite of passage for men of the times, and of no more consequence than shooting an animal.
I taped the thing last night and watched it just now ago and I must have had a commercial break at some key moment -- did others have a commercial break? In the tape, our narrator Peter said Rogers wanted to join up at 14 to fight, after Indians slaughtered a number of people outside a garrison, but I completely missed (and twice I played it) any statement that one of the lad's most earnest goals was to kill an Indian before he 14. When was that?
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