By Helen Hunt Jackson

ISBN-10: 0806127260

ISBN-13: 9780806127262

First released in 1881 and reprinted in different versions for the reason that, Helen Hunt Jackson’s A Century of Dishonor is a vintage account of the U.S. government’s improper Indian coverage and the unfair and vicious therapy afforded North American Indians through expansionist americans. Jackson wrote the booklet 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 technique of public information 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 ways irresponsibility, dishonesty, and perfidy at the a part of american citizens 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 delivers" exacerbated by means of "a sickening list of homicide, outrage, theft, and wrongs" dedicated by way of frontier settlers, with merely 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 locations her within the context of reform advocacy in the course of 19th century expansionism. This unabridged paperback version includes an index, and the whole appendix, together with Jackson’s correspondence in regards to the Sand Creek bloodbath and her file as unique Comminnioner to enquire the wishes of California’s challenge Indians.

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If the Indian Territory and the Indian reservations have been given to certain tribes as their possession forever, the sacredness of this guarantee should not shut our eyes to the sacredness also of the real interests of the people in whose behalf the guarantee was given. We ought not to lose the substance in our efforts to retain the shadow; we ought not to insist upon the summum jus, when this would become the summa injuria. Of course the utmost caution is needed in the application of such a principle.

Allan Nevins, "Helen Hunt Jackson, Sentimentalist v. Realist," American Scholar 10 (Summer 1941): 284. 19. Loring Benson Priest, Uncle Sam's Stepchildren: The Reformation of United States Indian Policy, 18651887 (Lincoln: Univ. of Nebraska Press, 1975), 62; and William T. Hagan, American Indians (Chicago: Univ. of Chicago Press, 1961), 123. 20. Robert Winston Mardock, The Reformers and the American Indian (Columbia: Univ. of Missouri Press, 1971), 185. 21. Francis Paul Prucha, American Indian Policy in Crisis: Christian Reformers and the Indian, 18651900 (Norman: Univ.

The history of the missionary labors of the different churches among the Indians would make another volume. It is the one bright spot on the dark record. All this I have been forced to leave untouched, in strict adherence to my object, which has been simply to show our causes for national shame in the matter of our treatment of the Indians. It is a shame which the American nation ought not to lie under, for the American people, as a people, are not at heart unjust. " And as soon as they fairly understand how cruelly it has been denied to the Indian, they will rise up and demand it for him.

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