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Jackson, Helen Hunt

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  Helen Hunt Jackson  




Helen Hunt Jackson -- Pioneer of Indian Rights
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Helen Hunt Jackson was born in Amherst, Massachusetts in 1830. Her father was a Language Professor at the Amherst University. Her mother died when she was 14 and her father at 17. Helen was raised mostly by her aunt, Martha Hooker. In 1852, Helen married Edward B. Hunt. Hunt was an army engineer.  They had two sons before Hunt died in 1863. Her first son died at eleven months, and her second died in 1865.


Helen began writing after the death of her family. At first, she wrote essays, short stories, and poems. In 1870, she published her first book, Verses.


In 1875, Helen married William S. Jackson and moved to Colorado.


In 1879, Helen Hunt Jackson began to fight for the rights of Native Americans. She believed they were being mistreated and wanted to inform the United States of their conditions. To help spread her cause, she wrote A Century of Dishonor, which she is best known for. After the book was published, she sent every member of Congress a copy to try to inspire them to help the Natives.


Helen's efforts were noticed and she became an Interior Agent for the U.S. Commission of Indian Affairs. She published a 56 page report on the condition of the Native Americans in California. The US Senate reacted and drafted a bill on the Indian's behalf, but the House of Representitives did not pass it.


H. H. Jackson
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In 1884, she published her second novel,  Ramona. It told the story of an Indian orphan and her husband in Southern California. The book was a success and was considered the Uncle+Toms+Cabin for Native Americans. Happy with the book's success, she wrote letters to President Grover Cleveland trying to convince him to read her two novels.


Helen Hunt Jackson died in 1885 of cancer in San Francisco.


Helen is remember for her efforts through her novels, which are still selling today. She dedicated the last years of her life to helping Indians in hopes that they do not end up like Sitting Bull or Chief Joseph.




"Helen Hunt Jackson." Biography Channel. 25 Mar 2008 <http://www.biography.com/search/article.do?id=9351123>.


"Helen Hunt Jackson Biography." Colorado College Tutt Library. 03 April 2008 <http://www.coloradocollege.edu/library/SpecialCollections/Manuscript/HHJbio.html>.


"Helen Hunt Jackson." Wikipedia. 4 April 2008 <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helen_Hunt_Jackson>.


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Page created by:  Luke K.

Avon High School, Avon, Indiana

Date created: 3-26-08



Comments (9)

Anonymous said

at 7:11 am on Apr 7, 2008

Good information! Your wiki could have used a few more pictures, but I think your in depth information made up for it. I found it interesting to see how much Helen Hunt Jackson wrote during her lifetime.

Anonymous said

at 7:19 am on Apr 7, 2008

I found all the links very useful, very like wipipedia. It could have been longer, but I understand you are forced to work with limited information.

Anonymous said

at 7:22 am on Apr 7, 2008

All of this information if very good. The set up is also really nice. The Uncle Tom's Cabin link was linked to a wiki page that doesn't exist though.

Anonymous said

at 7:39 am on Apr 7, 2008

I did not know that some of Helen’s books were focused on the Indians and how they are treated. If I was you I would write down headings or titles for each section to make it look more organized. Finally, you need to add more pictures and try to make your page look more fascinating.

Anonymous said

at 6:39 pm on Apr 7, 2008

I liked how you focused on a different side of Helen's life that some people might not have known, such as the Native American novels. However, it could have elaborated more on her establishments in her life. I felt like her accomplishments were stated, but not really explained. The rest of the information was strictly stated and to the point to keep the readers attention. That was good!

Anonymous said

at 9:29 pm on Apr 7, 2008

You could have elaborated more on a lot of the information that you had. But it was interesting to find out that someone was actually fighting for the Indians on a literary battleground like Harriet Beecher Stowe was for the slaves. Also, your page was slightly boring. You should have put some pictures of indians in.

Anonymous said

at 6:59 am on Apr 10, 2008

Luke, I really like the wiki, but I think this could use a little more information. The links were great, but where did the Uncle Tom's Cabin link go to? Overall you did great, Good Job!

Anonymous said

at 7:29 am on Apr 10, 2008

Your information was good, but i think it could have been organized a litle better. More pictures could have been added to make it more interesting.

Anonymous said

at 8:33 pm on Apr 10, 2008

NOTE: The link to the Uncle Tom's Cabin page was invalid. It is now fixed. And no, I did not edit the page, Mrs. Garland, just changed the link.

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