The Indian Reform Letters of Helen Hunt Jackson, 1879-1885

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University of Oklahoma Press, 1998 - Social Science - 372 pages
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Helen Hunt Jackson’s passionate crusade for Indian rights comes to life in this collection of more than 200 letters, most of which have never been published before. With Valerie Sherer Mathes’s helpful notes, the letters reveal the behind-the-scenes drama of Jackson’s involvement in Indian reform, which led her to write A Century of Dishonor and her protest novel Ramona.

Ralph Waldo Emerson described Jackson as the "greatest American woman poet." These stirring letters will intrigue anyone interested in Indian affairs, nineteenth-century women’s studies, or the social history of Victorian America, where Jackson made her mark despite the restrictions on women. Among her correspondents were Oliver Wendell Holmes, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Moncure D. Conway, Henry B. Whipple, Henry L. Dawes, Henry Teller, Carl Schurz, and of course, commissioners of Indian affairs and such prominent editors as Whitelaw Reid, Charles Dudley Warner, and Richard Watson Gilder.

The letters are presented in sections on the Ponca and Mission Indian causes, allowing readers to focus on the time period and Indian group of choice.

 

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Contents

A Century of Dishonor
3
Standing Bear with his family
7
To Charles Dudley Warner November 18 1879
22
To the Editor of the Tribune December 23 1879 57
23
To William Sharpless Jackson December 29 1879 65
29
Whitelaw Reid
30
To the Editors of the New York Evening Post
38
William Sharpless Jackson
47
To William Hayes Ward January 61881
171
To Joseph Benson Gilder February 111881
177
To Whitelaw Reid February 26 1881
183
To the Editor of the Springfield Republican March 5 1881
189
To William Hayes Ward December 20 1879 54
194
To Henry Laurens Dawes May 8 1881
195
Ramona
203
Map of Southern California Mission Indian lands
204

To William Sharpless Jackson December 16 1879
51
To the Editor of the Tribune January 2 1880
68
To the Editor of the New York Times
76
Carl Schurz
77
To Whitelaw Reid January 16 1880
82
To Amelia Stone Quinton January 27 1880
88
To Bishop Henry B Whipple February 5 1880
95
To Whitelaw Reid February 26 1880
106
To Whitelaw Reid March 3 1880
113
Thomas Henry Tibbles
114
To the Editor of the Tribune April 4 1880
119
To Bishop Henry B Whipple May 22 1880
125
To William Hayes Ward June 6 1880
132
To the Editor of the Tribune November 22 1880
138
To Whitelaw Reid December 20 1879 53
144
Dawes
149
To Lyman Abbott December 11 1880
151
To the Editors of the New York Evening Post
157
To Henry Laurens Dawes December 30 1880
164
To Charles Dudley Warner January 3 1881
170
Ramona Lubo ca 1895
217
To Thomas Bailey Aldrich January 17 1882
225
Thomas Bailey Aldrich
226
To Antonio F Coronel July 11 1882
231
Antonio and Mariana Coronel ca 1888
232
To Antonio F and Mariana Coronel October 16 1882
237
To Hiram Price December 14 1882
243
To Hiram Price January 15 1883
244
To Henry Teller April 2 1883
257
To Hiram Price May 17 1883
271
To Leonicio Lugo July 1 1883
285
To William Hayes Ward September 30 1883
290
Helen Hunt Jacksons November 3 1883
293
To Mary Elizabeth Sheriff Fowler December 11883
304
To Hiram Price February 27 1884
317
To Henry C Bowen October 15 1884
331
To William Sharpless Jackson March 29 1885
345
To Samuel C Armstrong May 14 1885
347
Index
361
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Helen Hunt Jackson (1830-1885) is best known for her novel, Ramona , which is set in California and explores the same theme of injustice to the Indian.

Valerie Sherer Mathes is a faculty member in the Social Science Department at City College of San Francisco. Among the books she has authored or edited are Helen Hunt Jackson and Her Indian Reform Legacy and The Indian Reform Letters of Helen Hunt Jackson.

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