franklin and the iroquois

Daniel A. Foss (U17043@UICVM.BITNET)
Wed, 31 Jan 1996 18:11:50 CST

There's an article about the Franklin-and-the-Iroquois story/myth in the
collection edited by James A. Clifton, The Invented Indian, Aldine, 1990;
the scholarship has the "definitive" look about it. The author doesn't think
much of the historicity of the story. Sorry, Ruby. Also, parallels between the
Iroquois federation meetings and the Constitution are remote-to-nonexistent.
Sorry, Ruby.

This has nothing to do with feminism or federations or democracy or
equality. This is about the past never actually having *been* the cozy,
familiar object we psychically or ideologically need it to be.

I am playing Side 3 in this, as always, Ruby.

Daniel A. Foss