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By Helen Hunt Jackson

ISBN-10: 0806127260

ISBN-13: 9780806127262

First released in 1881 and reprinted in different variations given 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 sense of right and wrong of the yank 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 know-how for Indian rights that keeps to the current day.Beginning with a felony short at the unique Indian correct of occupancy, A Century of Dishonor maintains 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 remedy of the Indians as "a shameful checklist of damaged treaties and unfulfilled can provide" exacerbated through "a sickening checklist of homicide, outrage, theft, and wrongs" dedicated via frontier settlers, with in basic terms an occasional Indian retaliation. Such remarkable 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 areas her within the context of reform advocacy in the middle of 19th century expansionism. This unabridged paperback variation includes an index, and the entire appendix, consisting of Jackson’s correspondence about the Sand Creek bloodbath and her record as certain Comminnioner to enquire the wishes of California’s venture Indians.

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It will be admitted now on every hand that the only solution of the Indian problem involves the entire change of these people from a savage to a civilized life. They are not likely to be exterminated. Unless we ourselves withdraw from all contact with them, and leave them to roam untrammeled over their wilds, or until the power of a Christian civilization shall make them consciously one with us, they will not cease to vex us. But how shall they become civilized? Civilization is in a most important sense a gift rather than an acquisition.

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. . [T]hey will live, and . . "2 Poet, essayist, and novelist Helen Hunt Jackson died in San Francisco on August 12, 1885.

Red Cloud recently paid a visit to the Black Hills, and was hospitably entertained by his white friends. " Dark as the history is, there is a brighter side. No missions to the heathen have been more blessed than those among the Indians. Thousands, who were once wild, painted savages, finding their greatest joy in deeds of war, are now the disciples of the Prince of Peace. There are Indian churches with Indian congregations, in which Indian clergy are telling the story of God's love in Jesus Christ our Saviour.

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