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Helen (Hunt) Jackson
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was an author
and an activist. Her
mom died when Helen was 14, her dad 3 years later. Helen's first child died at 11 months, her second at 10 years old. In 1879 she was inspired
after hearing Chief Standing Bear describe how the U.S. government took Native Americans' land. She
began to publish in support of Native American rights. 1881 brought her book A Century of Dishonor
[pdf], branded with the words "Look upon your hands! They are stained with the blood of your relations".
In 1883, she published her most famous work, Ramona
, a novel about racial discrimination set in California.
If that's too much to take in, and now you need some kitties, she's still got you covered. Letters from a Cat
(1879) is being featured at Archive.org
Her husband, Edward Bissell Hunt, died in 1863. He held various positions in the United States army, producing a pamphlet urging the "energetic deportation"
of Black people so that land could be "reclaimed for the sole use of the white man".
Parenthesis around "Hunt" in Helen's name because apparently
she went either by Helen Hunt or by Helen Jackson.