By Helen Hunt Jackson
First released in 1881 and reprinted in different variants seeing that, 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 therapy afforded North American Indians through expansionist american citizens. Jackson wrote the ebook as a polemic to "appeal to the hearts and moral sense of the yank people," who she was hoping could 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 commence the lengthy strategy of public know-how for Indian rights that maintains to the current day.Beginning with a criminal short at the unique Indian correct of occupancy, A Century of Dishonor maintains with Jackson’s research of ways irresponsibility, dishonesty, and perfidy at the a part of americans and the U.S. executive devastated the Delaware, Cheyenne, Nez Perce, Sioux, Ponca, Winnebago, and Cherokee Indians. Jackson describes the government’s remedy of the Indians as "a shameful checklist of damaged treaties and unfulfilled delivers" exacerbated via "a sickening checklist of homicide, outrage, theft, and wrongs" devoted via frontier settlers, with purely an occasional Indian retaliation. Such impressive 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 strains Jackson’s lifestyles and writings and areas her within the context of reform advocacy in the course of 19th century expansionism. This unabridged paperback variation includes an index, and the total appendix, consisting of Jackson’s correspondence in regards to the Sand Creek bloodbath and her file as particular Comminnioner to enquire the desires of California’s undertaking Indians.
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First printing of the University of Oklahoma Press edition, 1995. 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Page v Contents. Foreword Valerie Sherer Mathes vii Preface Bishop Whipple xix Introduction President Julius H. Seelye 1 Chapter I. Introductory 9 Chapter II. The Delawares 32 Chapter III. The Cheyennes 66 Chapter IV. The Nez Percés 103 Chapter V. The Sioux 136 Chapter VI. The Poncas 186 Chapter VII. The Winnebagoes 218 Chapter VIII. The Cherokees 257 Page vi Chapter IX. Massacres of Indians by Whites 298 I. The Conestoga Massacre 298 II.
Embossed on the cover were the words of Benjamin Franklin: ''Look upon your hands! '' Jackson's A Century of Dishonor was above all propaganda for her crusadeby definition it was one-sided. Based primarily on treaties and reports of the Departments of War and the Interior gleaned from her months of library research, she wrote her view of the government's dealings with the seven tribes. To provide a more informed context, she liberally included quotations from treaties and reports of government Indian agents, as well as testimonies of captured Indians and various eyewitnesses.
The pioneer settlers have had too much at stake to excite an Indian massacre, which would overwhelm their loved ones in ruin. The army are not responsible for Indian wars; they are "men under authority," who go where they are sent. The men who represent the honor of the nation have a tradition that lying is a disgrace, and that theft forfeits character. " The Indian Bureau is often unable to fulfil the treaties, because Congress has failed to make the appropriations. If its agents are not men of the highest character, it is largely due to the fact that we send a man to execute this difficult trust at a remote agency, and expect him to support himself and family on $1500 a year.
A century of dishonor: a sketch of the United States government's dealings with some of the Indian tribes by Helen Hunt Jackson