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‘Little House’ author’s life, times examined in PBS film

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A documentary about the life of “Little House on the Prairie” author Laura Ingalls Wilder puts her novels in historical context.

The producers of the PBS film say that includes scattered racist references to Native Americans in Wilder's novels.

The filmmakers say the books reflect the perspective of Wilder's family and attitudes in the late 1800s Midwest.

Melissa Gilbert, who as a child actor played Ingalls in the TV series based on the novels, is part of the documentary.

Also heard from are Wilder biographers and writers including Roxane Gay.

The “Laura Ingalls Wilder” documentary debuts Dec. 29 on PBS' “American Masters” series.

Associated Press

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