By Helen Hunt Jackson

ISBN-10: 0806127260

ISBN-13: 9780806127262

First released in 1881 and reprinted in several versions considering, 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 remedy afforded North American Indians via expansionist americans. Jackson wrote the ebook as a polemic to "appeal to the hearts and moral sense 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 commence the lengthy strategy of public know-how 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 maintains with Jackson’s research of ways 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 via "a sickening checklist of homicide, outrage, theft, and wrongs" devoted by way of frontier settlers, with in simple terms an occasional Indian retaliation. Such awesome 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 version comprises an index, and the whole appendix, consisting of Jackson’s correspondence about the Sand Creek bloodbath and her document as precise Comminnioner to enquire the wishes of California’s challenge Indians.

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Her subjects included the tragic removal of the Poncas; a strong defense of the White River Utes, who in 1879 attacked their government agency and killed several people, including their agent, Nathan Meeker (whose arbitrary policies may have contributed to the uprising); and an exceptionally strong condemnation of Colonel J. M. Chivington's 1864 massacre of Black Kettle's peaceful Cheyenne and Arapaho village at Sand Creek in Colorado. The last subject embroiled her in a controversial exchange of letters with William N.

In 1862 Page xxiii I visited Washington, to lay before the Administration the causes which had desolated our fair State with the blood of those slain by Indian massacre. After pleading in vain, and finding no redress, Secretary Stanton said to a friend, "What does the Bishop want? If he came here to tell us that our Indian system is a sink of iniquity, tell him we all know it. " In this book the reader will find the sad story of a centuryno, not the whole story, but the fragmentary story of isolated tribes.

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. No permanent reform can be secured until the heart of the people is touched.

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