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 considering the fact 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 via expansionist american citizens. Jackson wrote the publication as a polemic to "appeal to the hearts and judgment of right and wrong of the yank people," who she was hoping could 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 strategy of public information 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. executive 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 via "a sickening checklist of homicide, outrage, theft, and wrongs" devoted through 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 lines 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 whole appendix, which include Jackson’s correspondence about the Sand Creek bloodbath and her file as certain Comminnioner to enquire the wishes of California’s undertaking Indians.

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The difficulty is not because the Indians are wild and savage men, for such men have in the past history of the human race been subdued and civilized in unnumbered instances, while the changes which in our time have been wrought among the cannibals of the South Sea and the barbarians of South Africa, and among the wildest and most savage of the North American Indians themselves, show abundantly that the agencies of civilization ready to our hand are neither wanting nor weak. The great difficulty with the Indian problem is not with the Indian, but with the Government and people of the United States.

Such treaties have proceeded upon the false viewfalse in principle, and equally false in factthat an Indian tribe, roaming in the wilderness and living by hunting and plunder, is a nation. In order to be a nation, there must be a people with a code of laws which they practise, and a government which they maintain. No vague sense of some unwritten law, to which human nature, in its lowest stages, doubtless feels some obligation, and no regulations instinctively adopted for common defence, which the rudest people herded together will always follow, are enough to constitute a nation.

Ubach, a parish priest in San Diego, Jackson revisited many of the mission villages accompanied by both Henry Sandham, an artist assigned to illustrate her Century articles, and by Abbot Kinney, a wealthy, well-read, and experienced world traveler she had met at her Los Angeles boardinghouse. Concerned that without the protection of the government the Mission Indians would be driven from their lands, in May 1882 she wrote to fellow Coloradoan Henry Teller, the secretary of the interior under a new administration.

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