Helen Hunt Jackson

Jackson, Helen (Fiske) Hunt

Helen (Fiske) Hunt Jackson, 1830–85, American writer whose pseudonym was H. H., b. Amherst, Mass. She was a lifelong friend of Emily Dickinson. In 1863, encouraged by T. W. Higginson, Jackson began writing for periodicals. She is the author of poetry, novels, children's stories, and travel sketches. In 1881 she published A Century of Dishonor, an historical account of the government's injustice to Native Americans. This book led to her appointment (1882) as government investigator of the Mission of California. She subsequently wrote Ramona (1884), her famous romance, which presented even more emphatically the plight of Native Americans.

See biography by K. Philips (2003).

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Helen Hunt Jackson (H.H.)
Ruth Odell.
D. Appleton-Century Company, 1939
Documents of American Prejudice: An Anthology of Writings on Race from Thomas Jefferson to David Duke
S. T. Joshi.
Basic Books, 1999
Librarian’s tip: "Century of Dishonor" by Helen Hunt Jackson begins on p. 256
Racism in California: A Reader in the History of Oppression
Roger Daniels; Spencer C. Olin Jr.
Macmillan, 1972
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 3 "The Report on the Condition and Needs of the Mission Indians of California" by Helen Hunt Jackson
Shapers of the Great Debate on Native Americans--Land, Spirit, and Power: A Biographical Dictionary
Bruce E. Johansen.
Greenwood Press, 2000
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 7 "'Kill the Indian, Save the Man': Helen Hunt Jackson, L. Frank Baum, Richard Henry Pratt, and Other Participants in the Anglo-American Debate regarding Native Americans' Future"
Doing Literary Business: American Women Writers in the Nineteenth Century
Susan Coultrap-McQuin.
University of North Carolina Press, 1990
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 6 "'Very Serious Literary Labor': The Career of Helen Hunt Jackson"
The Nightingale's Burden: Women Poets and American Culture before 1900
Cheryl Walker.
Indiana University Press, 1982
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 4 "Tradition and the Individual Talent: Helen Hunt Jackson and Emily Dickinson"
Travel Writing, Sentimental Romance, and Indian Rights Advocacy: The Politics of Helen Hunt Jackson's Ramona
Padget, Martin.
Journal of the Southwest, Vol. 42, No. 4, Winter 2000
Sincerity, Secrecy, and Lies: Helen Hunt Jackson's No Name Novels
Schmudde, Carol E.
Studies in American Fiction, Vol. 21, No. 1, Spring 1993
The Erotics of Racialization: Gender and Sexuality in the Making of California
Venegas, Yolanda.
Frontiers - A Journal of Women's Studies, Vol. 25, No. 3, September 2004
Nineteenth-Century American Women Writers: A Bio-Bibliographical Critical Sourcebook
Denise D. Knight.
Greenwood Press, 1997
Librarian’s tip: "Helen Hunt Jackson (1830-1885)" begins on p. 253
The Great Father: The United States Government and the American Indians
Francis Paul Prucha.
University of Nebraska Press, 1984
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of Helen Hunt Jackson bebins on p. 626
Slippery Characters: Ethnic Impersonators and American Identities
Laura Browder.
University of North Carolina Press, 2000
Librarian’s tip: "Romona" begins on p. 90
Whitman's & Dickinson's Contemporaries: An Anthology of Their Verse
Robert Bain.
Southern Illinois University Press, 1996
Librarian’s tip: "Helen Hunt Jackson 1830-1885" begins on p. 302
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