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Broadview Press, Mar 28, 2008 - Fiction - 450 pages
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Ramona has often been compared to Uncle Tom’s Cabin for its influence on American social policy, and this is the only edition available that presents this important novel in its full historical context. A huge popular and critical success when it was first published in 1884, Ramona is set among the California Spanish missions and tells the story of the young mixed-blood heroine, Ramona, and her Native American lover Alessandro, as they flee from the brutal violence of white settlers.

This Broadview edition re-examines the novel’s legacy by placing it alongside public speeches, letters, and newspaper articles that promoted what was ultimately a damaging campaign by reformers to “assimilate” Native American peoples. Selections from Jackson’s non-fiction writings call into question the link between assimilationist policies and the story told in Ramona; also included are the writings and testimonies of some of Jackson’s Native American contemporaries, as well as a selection of travel essays and images that helped to create “the Ramona myth.”

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User 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

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User 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


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Siobhan Senier is Associate Professor of English at the University of New Hampshire.

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