By Helen Hunt Jackson
First released in 1881 and reprinted in different variants due to the fact, Helen Hunt Jackson’s A Century of Dishonor is a vintage account of the U.S. government’s mistaken Indian coverage and the unfair and vicious remedy afforded North American Indians by means of expansionist americans. Jackson wrote the booklet as a polemic to "appeal to the hearts and judgment of right and wrong of the yankee people," who she was hoping may 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 wisdom 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 keeps with Jackson’s research of the way 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 list of damaged treaties and unfulfilled grants" exacerbated by way of "a sickening checklist of homicide, outrage, theft, and wrongs" dedicated by way of frontier settlers, with simply an occasional Indian retaliation. Such extraordinary 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 lines Jackson’s existence and writings and areas her within the context of reform advocacy in the middle of 19th century expansionism. This unabridged paperback version includes an index, and the entire appendix, such as Jackson’s correspondence in regards to the Sand Creek bloodbath and her record as detailed Comminnioner to enquire the wishes of California’s challenge Indians.
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Page 1 Introduction. The present number of Indians in the United States does not exceed three hundred thousand, but is possibly as large now as when the Europeans began the settlement of the North American continent. Different tribes then existing have dwindled, and some have become extinct; but there is reason to believe that the vast territory now occupied by the United States, if not then a howling wilderness, was largely an unpeopled solitude. The roaming wild men who met the new discoverers were, however, numerous enough to make the Indian problem at the outset a serious one, while neither its gravity nor its difficulty yet shows signs of diminution.
Some were shot down while others were captured and returned south. Only Dull Knife and a few followers escaped to join the Sioux. Besides writing letters to major newspapers, Jackson persuaded editorial friends, such as Charles Dudley Warner of the Hartford Courant, to reprint one of her articles that had appeared earlier in Page xi the Independent. Describing herself as "the most imprudent woman alive," she cautioned Warner that if he disagreed with her about the Indians, he was not to mention the subject the next time they met.
Under President Grant a new departure was taken. The peace policy was little more than a name. No change was made in the Indian system; no rights of property were given; no laws were passed to protect the Indians. The President did take the nomination of Indian agents from politicians, who had made the office a reward for political service. He gave the nomination of Indian agents to the executive committees of the missionary societies of the different churches. Where these Christian bodies established schools and missions, and the Government cast its influence on the side of labor, it was a success.