Laura Ingalls Wilder's Real Life And Times, And Debate Over Use Of Native American Imagery

Feb 7, 2018

Rocky Ridge Farm in Mansfield, Missouri, the final home of author Laura Ingalls Wilder.
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Caroline Fraser's biography of beloved children's author Laura Ingalls Wilder reveals a life that "was harder and grittier" than the one portrayed in the Little House books. Today, Fraser explains how she was able to piece together Laura's life beyond the books, including the often contentious relationship with her daughter, the journalist Rose Wilder Lane.

Then, the Cleveland Indians' recent decision to retire its controversial mascot in 2019 has reinvigorated discussions about the proper use of Native American imagery. Sports management expert Brian Gordon, and Haskell Indian Nations University's Cody Marshall explain why some teams' mascots, customs and logos remain so troublesome.