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Letter to President Pierce, Chief Seattle, 1855

Chief Seattle. "Letter to President Pierce." Letter to President Pierce. 1855. N.p.: n.p., n.d. N. pag. 1996. Web. 11 Mar. 2016.

The word "savage" is used several times in the passage (lines 9, 12, 42) primarily to emphasize the author's


acknowledgement of his people's own ignorance.


dismay at the prospect for the future.


validation of the white man's slurs.


frustration with the white man's lack of understanding.


acceptance that nothing can be done to change the future.

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