The Last Of The Mohicans

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James Fenimore Cooper and Racism Racism. It runs rampant in today’s society, let alone early American literature. In most early American literature, the prospect of interracial relationships and people from races other than Caucasian were looked at through fear-tinted lenses and seen as undesirable and distasteful. In examining James Fenimore Cooper’s novel The Last of the Mohicans, readers can discover that Cooper feels there are problems that can arise due to the mingling of races, while overcoming racial barriers and having interracial relationships can result in advantages. Examining his literature can give much insight into his mind and how he feels about people of color. The character of Cora Munro best shows Cooper’s ideals and opinions on this topic. Cora, daughter to Colonel Munro and sister to Alice Munro, is revealed to be half African-American and, therefore, the personification of Cooper’s view on interracial relationships. As Zoë Ludski says, in her essay My Coloured Thoughts: Last of the Mohicans and Perceptions of Mixed Race Peoples, “throughout the novel, Cora is complemented for her strength and courage, especially compared with that of her sister.” However, even though she is constantly being described as having more bravery and strength than her sister, she still views herself as less than and in her mind she views herself as a “freak of nature” (Ludski). Cora also, due to her race and her morals, believes that people should not be judged of…
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