Helen Hunt Jackson (1830-1885) was an American writer who most widely became famous as an activist to improve United States government treatment of Native Americans. In 1879 her interests turned to the Native Americans after hearing a lecture in Boston by Standing Bear, the Ponca Chief. He described the forceful removal of the Ponca from their reservation in Nebraska. Moved by the issues presented by Standing Bear, Hunt learned about the government defaulting on treaties, the removal of Indians to reservations, and the Indian Wars. Soon after Standing Bear's speech, she became an activist, investigating and publicizing government misconduct, circulating petitions, raising money, and writing letters to "The New York Times" on behalf of the Ponca. She gained the widest exposure with her novel, "Ramona", dramatizing the ill treatment by the US government of Native Americans in Southern California. "A Century of Dishonor", published in 1881, was a direct response to the adverse effect of government actions towards the Native Americans. A copy was sent to each member of the US Congress.
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- Title page
- AUTHOR'S NOTE
- CHAPTER I. INTRODUCTORY.
- CHAPTER II. THE DELAWARES.
- CHAPTER III. THE CHEYENNES.
- CHAPTER IV. THE NEZ PERCÃ?S.
- CHAPTER V. THE SIOUX.
- CHAPTER VI. THE PONCAS.
- CHAPTER VII. THE WINNEBAGOES.
- CHAPTER VIII. THE CHEROKEES.
- CHAPTER IX. MASSACRES OF INDIANS BY WHITES.
- I.-The Conestoga Massacre.
- II.-The GnadenhÃ¼tten Massacre.
- III.-Massacres of Apaches.
- CHAPTER X. CONCLUSION.
- I. THE SAND CREEK MASSACRE.
- II. THE PONCA CASE.
- III. TESTIMONIES TO INDIAN CHARACTER.
- IV. OUTRAGES COMMITED ON INDIANS BY WHITES.
- V. EXTRACTS FROM THE REPORT OF THE COMMISSION SENT TO TREAT WITH THE SIOUX CHIEF, SITTING BULL, IN CANADA.
- VI. ACCOUNT OF SOME OF THE OLD GRIEVANCES OF THE SIOUX.
- VII. LETTER FROM SARAH WINNEMUCCA, AN EDUCATED PAH-UTE WOMAN.
- VIII. LAWS OF THE DELAWARE NATION OF INDIANS.
- IX. ACCOUNT OF THE CHEROKEE WHO INVENTED THE CHEROKEE ALPHABET.
- X. PRICES PAID BY WHITE MEN FOR SCALPS.
- XI. EXTRACTS FROM TREATY WITH CHEYENNES, IN 1865.
- XII. WOOD-CUTTING BY INDIANS IN DAKOTA.
- XIII. SEQUEL TO THE WALLA WALLA MASSACRE.
- XIV. AN ACCOUNT OF THE NUMBERS, LOCATION, AND SOCIAL AND INDUSTRIAL CONDITION OF EACH IMPORTANT TRIBE AND BAND OF INDIANS WITHIN THE UNITED STATES, WITH THE EXCEPTION OF THOSE DESCRIBED IN THE PREVIOUS PAGES.