A Century of Dishonor

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Annotation. Originally published over 100 years ago, A Century of Dishonor is Helen Jackson's eye- opening sketch of the U.S. government's often shameful mishandling of what was called the ?Indian problem?. Using official documents as authentic research materials, Jackson asserts that the government and citizens of the United States were the cause of the ?problems?, and not the Native peoples. Broken treaties, inhuman treatment, restricted to reservations unfit for habitation or traditional lifestyle?all of these actions were taken against Indian tribes by a government that treated them with less consideration and compassion than that of a foreign country.

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Helen Maria Hunt Jackson, born Helen Fiske (1830 -1885), was an American poet and writer who became an activist on behalf of improved treatment of Native Americans by the U.S. government. She detailed the adverse effects of government actions in her history A Century of Dishonor (1881). Her novel Ramona dramatized the federal government's mistreatment of Native Americans in Southern California and attracted considerable attention to her cause, [1][2] although its popularity was based on its romantic and picturesque qualities rather than its political content. It was estimated to have been reprinted 300 times, and contributed to the growth of tourism in Southern California.

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