Why in the world is there so much Samantha hate?! I had her but I didn't even realize she was designer or anything until this moment. She might have been rich but she learned so much about helping others, specifically her friend Nellie, throughout her books. I just can't believe people don't like her.
I also wanted all of the other dolls. I loved the books and couldn't get enough of anything Pleasant Company as a kid. I only ever got Sam (though my sisters got Felicity and Kirsten) and she is absolutely my favorite childhood toy. I always took really good care of her because she was the only one I would ever get. I ended up becoming a History major thanks in large part to American Girl.
Samantha, despite what people think, is great. She learned so much about women's rights, the treatment of those who worked in factories, etc. She was a tomboy in a world that didn't want her to be. She had SUCH a good heart despite being raised in a rich world. Let's not hate on her.