A century of dishonor: a sketch of the United States by Helen Hunt Jackson

By Helen Hunt Jackson

First released in 1881 and reprinted in different versions on account that, Helen Hunt Jackson’s A Century of Dishonor is a vintage account of the U.S. government’s fallacious Indian coverage and the unfair and vicious remedy afforded North American Indians through expansionist american citizens. Jackson wrote the e-book as a polemic to "appeal to the hearts and judgment of right and wrong of the yankee people," who she was hoping might 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 technique of public understanding for Indian rights that maintains to the current day.Beginning with a felony short at the unique Indian correct of occupancy, A Century of Dishonor keeps with Jackson’s research of the way irresponsibility, dishonesty, and perfidy at the a part of americans 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 gives you" exacerbated by way of "a sickening checklist of homicide, outrage, theft, and wrongs" dedicated via frontier settlers, with in simple terms an occasional Indian retaliation. Such outstanding 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 strains Jackson’s existence and writings and locations her within the context of reform advocacy in the middle of 19th century expansionism. This unabridged paperback version includes an index, and the full appendix, together with Jackson’s correspondence about the Sand Creek bloodbath and her record as specified Comminnioner to enquire the wishes of California’s undertaking Indians.

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More has been done to civilize the Indians in the past twelve years than in any period of our history. The Indian Ring has fought the new policy at every step; and yet, notwithstanding our Indian wars, our violated treaties, and our wretched system, thousands of Indians, who were poor, degraded savages, are now living as Christian, civilized men. There was a time when it seemed impossible to secure the attention of the Government to any wrongs done to the Indians: it is not so to-day. The Government does listen to the friends of the Indians, and many of the grosser forms of robbery are stopped.

This was the first work that openly carried her name, and she read it fondly, "but with some terror," she noted to Warner. " 13 Jackson sent copies of her book, bound in blood-red cloth, to each congressman at personal expense. Embossed on the cover were the words of Benjamin Franklin: ''Look upon your hands! '' Jackson's A Century of Dishonor was above all propaganda for her crusadeby definition it was one-sided. Based primarily on treaties and reports of the Departments of War and the Interior gleaned from her months of library research, she wrote her view of the government's dealings with the seven tribes.

8. Jackson to Warner, 21 December 1879, The Warner Collection. 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.

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