Helen hunt jackson and her indian reform legacy is a detailed account of the last six years of jacksons life 1879 1885 when she struggled to promote the rights of american indians displaced and dispossessed by the us government. Helen hunt jackson pen name hh born helen maria fiske october 15 1830 august 12 1885 was an american poet and writer who became an activist on behalf of improved treatment of native americans by the united states government she described the adverse effects of government actions in her history a century of dishonor 1881 her novel ramona 1884 dramatized the federal government . Much of the historiography on indian reform in the united states centers on governmental policy eastern missionary reform groups and the men and women that led them in helen hunt jackson and her indian reform legacy valerie sheres mathes focuses on jackson a controversial yet effective activist for indian rights during the late 1880s. Valerie sherer mathes in her book helen hunt jackson and her indian reform legacy devotes a single chapter to a century of dishonor in which she suggests that while the initial response was lacking in enthusiasm jacksons work had definitely acquainted the public with the deplorable condition of the american indian but that its . The journal of san diego history san diego historical society quarterly fall 1991 volume 37 number 4 richard w crawford editor book review helen hunt jackson and her indian reform legacy
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