Frontier Metaphysics

The instinct of antipathy against an Indian grows in the backwoodsman with the sense of good and bad, right and wrong. In one breath he learns that a brother is to be loved, and an Indian to be hated.

Herman Melville
(Grandson of Gen. Peter Gansevoort of S/C)
On "The Metaphysics of Indian Hating"
from The Confidence Man (1857)

Posted by sullivan at October 31, 2004 11:58 AM
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