By Helen Hunt Jackson
First released in 1881 and reprinted in several versions in view that, Helen Hunt Jackson’s A Century of Dishonor is a vintage account of the U.S. government’s unsuitable Indian coverage and the unfair and harsh remedy afforded North American Indians by way of expansionist americans. Jackson wrote the ebook as a polemic to "appeal to the hearts and sense of right and wrong of the yankee people," who she was hoping may call for legislative reform from Congress and redeem the country’s identify from the stain of a "century of dishonor." Her efforts, which represent a landmark in Indian reform, helped start the lengthy means of public knowledge for Indian rights that keeps to the current day.Beginning with a criminal short at the unique Indian correct of occupancy, A Century of Dishonor maintains with Jackson’s research of ways irresponsibility, dishonesty, and perfidy at the a part of american citizens and the U.S. govt devastated the Delaware, Cheyenne, Nez Perce, Sioux, Ponca, Winnebago, and Cherokee Indians. Jackson describes the government’s therapy of the Indians as "a shameful checklist of damaged treaties and unfulfilled can provide" exacerbated via "a sickening list of homicide, outrage, theft, and wrongs" devoted by way of frontier settlers, with in simple terms an occasional Indian retaliation. Such impressive occasions because the flight of leader Joseph of the Nez Perces and the Cherokee path of Tears illustrate Jackson’s arguments.Valerie Sherer Mathes’s foreword lines Jackson’s lifestyles and writings and locations her within the context of reform advocacy in the middle of 19th century expansionism. This unabridged paperback variation comprises an index, and the total appendix, consisting of Jackson’s correspondence about the Sand Creek bloodbath and her file as precise Comminnioner to enquire the desires of California’s undertaking Indians.
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Nobody will ever love you so well,'' she concluded. She encouraged him not to "live the life of a homeless, tieless man'' but to remarry soon and have children. " Even in this last letter to him, her "beloved Indians" were foremost in her mind. Reflecting over the last decade of her life, Jackson hoped that her exposé, A Century of Dishonor, and her novel Ramona, had helped the Indian cause. " Shortly before she died, Jackson remarked to friend and mentor Thomas Wentworth Higginson: "My 'Century of Dishonor' and 'Ramona' are the only things I have done of which I am glad.
He recognizes a Great Spirit; he believes in immortality; he has a quick intellect; he is a clear thinker; he is brave and fearless, and, until betrayed, he is true to his plighted faith; he has a passionate love for his children, and counts it joy to die for his people. Our most terrible wars have been with the noblest types of Page xxii the Indians, and with men who had been the white man's friend. Nicolet said the Sioux were the finest type of wild men he had ever seen. Old traders say that it used to be the boast of the Sioux that they had never taken the life of a white man.
9. Jackson to Ward, [April or May] 1880 (HM 13981), Jackson manuscripts, Huntington Library, San Marino, California. Page xviii 10. Helen Hunt Jackson, A Century of Dishonor: A Sketch of the United States Government's Dealings with Some of the Indian Tribes (New York: Harper and Brothers, 1881), 339, 3031. 11. Jackson to Warner, 21 December 1879, The Warner Collection. 12. Jackson to Mr. Payne, 15 December 1880, Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection, the New York Public Library, Astor, Lennox and Tilden Foundations; and Jackson to Warner, [February 1881], The Warner Collection.