"If I could write a story that would do for the Indian a thousandth part of what "Uncle Tom's Cabin" did for the Negro," wrote Helen Hunt Jackson, "I would be thankful the rest of my life." Jackson surpassed this ambition with the publication of "Ramona," her popular 1884 romantic bestseller. A beautiful half Native American, half-Scottish orphan raised by a harsh Mexican "ranchera," Ramona enters into a forbidden love affair with a heroic Mission Indian named Alessandro. The pair's adventures after they elope paint a vivid portrait of California history and the woeful fate of Native Americans and Mexicans whose lands and rights were stripped as Anglo-Americans overran southern California. Set from the first American edition of 1884, this Modern Library Paperback Classic includes Jose Marti's 1888 prologue (translated from the Spanish by Esther Allen).
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Benedict8 - LibraryThing
The white author was trying to do for the American Indian what Uncle Tom did for Black folk in the South. The story is an important read that the effort fell short of the Uncle Tom success. Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - EvalineAuerbach - LibraryThing
This is the romantic classic of California's mountain west near San Diego. Romantic in the love-story sense and the depiction of the Indians (Native Americans).The author was a person of the times, born in 1831, The book has been 3 different films, on stage and part of a patent. Read full review