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Not a great or even a very good Western, but notable, for 1953 (more
than ten years before Cheyenne Autumn), for its relatively strong
anti-racist message with reference both to the Abolitionist issue in
the Civil War and to the long history of failed promises to Native
Americans. Given the standard tendency of Westerns (at best) to skirt
over race entirely or to present a favorable interpretation of the
Confederate cause, this is no small issue.
Apart from Dr Westgate's (Chandler) obvious sympathy for the Indian position, he presents his case for Indian neutrality in the Civil War to the Sioux Council, citing the clear racism of the Confederate general (which he implied would be transferred to the Sioux if they made common cause with the Confederates) and the sacrifice being made by Northern troops in the cause of racial equality. Elmer Daves' Broken Arrow of 1950 with James Stewart and Chandler had already raised the issue of Indian grievances against US Indian policy, but this was emphasizing the message in a 'B' Western context.