The First Americans

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This speech, presented as an address in 1927 to the mayor of Chicago, William Hale Thompson, sought to reform the stereotypical image of American Indians in history textbooks and classes. To support the opinion that school history books are unjust to the original Americans. The conclusion of the speech is an ethical appeal: Present a full and fair history of the “First Americans.” (Holt Elements of Literature, 2008)

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