Quote from the Text

“Children were instructed indirectly that there was no grief; indeed, an examination of hundreds of those books from the transitional period between 1900 and 1916 reveals that Evil no longer had any reality either.”

An Underground History of American Education by John Taylor Gatto, p. 154

Fact Check

A clear example of a children’s book that deals with grief and evil from that period is L. Frank Baum’s The Emerald City of Oz (1914.) The book focuses on the actions of the Nome King Roquat who seeks out evil spirits to help conquer the Land of Oz. There are numerous others.

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