Most of the tall tales that are celebrated today are the result of multiple generations of censorship to appease our modern day sensibilities. Authentic tall tales that were told by the frontiersmen of nineteenth century America contained themes of racism and violence. Through the study of tales that contain violence against Native Americans, I explore to what extent this hatred influenced the development of the Euro-American cultural identity.
Authentic tall tales from the nineteenth century American frontier contain a consistent theme of violence towards Native Americans. Through the study of these tales, I explore to what extent this hatred of Native American culture influenced the development of the Euro-American cultural identity.