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 variations because, Helen Hunt Jackson’s A Century of Dishonor is a vintage account of the U.S. government’s mistaken Indian coverage and the unfair and harsh therapy afforded North American Indians by means of expansionist american citizens. Jackson wrote the e-book as a polemic to "appeal to the hearts and judgment of right and wrong of the yank 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 means of public understanding 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 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 gives you" exacerbated by way of "a sickening list of homicide, outrage, theft, and wrongs" devoted via frontier settlers, with purely an occasional Indian retaliation. Such striking 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 course of 19th century expansionism. This unabridged paperback version includes an index, and the entire appendix, inclusive of Jackson’s correspondence about the Sand Creek bloodbath and her file as distinct Comminnioner to enquire the desires of California’s project Indians.

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Notes 1. Helen Hunt Jackson to William Sharpless Jackson, 29 March 1885, William Sharpless Jackson Family Papers, pt. one, box 1, fd. 5, Charles Leaming Tutt Library, Colorado College, Colorado Springs, Colorado. 2. Jackson to Higginson, 27 July 1885, quoted in Thomas Wentworth Higginson, "Helen Hunt Jackson," Nation 41 (August 20, 1885): 151. 3. ) (New York: D. , 1939). See also Valerie Sherer Mathes, Helen Hunt Jackson and Her Indian Reform Legacy (Austin: Univ. of Texas Press, 1990). 4. Ralph Waldo Emerson, The Journals and Miscellaneous Notebooks of Ralph Waldo Emerson, 18661882, vol.

This will not be easily nor rapidly done; but all our policy should be shaped toward the gradual loosening of the tribal bond, and the gradual absorption of the Indian families among the masses of our people. This would involve the bringing to an end of the whole system of Indian reservations, and would forbid the continued isolation Page 4 of the Indian Territory. It is not wise statesmanship to create impassable barriers between any parts of our country or any portions of our people. Very difficult questions demanding very careful treatment arise in reference to just this point.

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. Where once was only heard the medicine-drum and the song of the scalp-dance, there is now the bell calling Christians to prayer, and songs of praise and words of prayer go up to heaven.

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