Helen Hunt Jackson

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About Me

Born: October 15, 1830 in Amherst, MA

Lived in: Colorado, San Francisco, CA

Studied at: Ipswich Female Seminary

Married to: Edward Bissell Hunt, William Sharpless Jackson

I am a poet, author, and an activist for Native American Rights.


  • Poetry
  • Writing
  • Fighting for Native American's rights
  • Unitarian practice



Wall Posts

Rest In Peace to my husband, Edward, and our two sons, Murray and Rennie. Not a day goes by where I do not think about all of them. I will cherish our memories forever.

August 13 1865

After hearing a lecture in Boston by the Ponca Chief Standing Bear, I am now motivated to be an activist for Native Americans! This treatment is not right and I will fight with and for them. I am investigating and publicizing government misconduct, circulating petitions, raising money, and writing letters to the New York Times on behalf of the Ponca. I encourage you to do the same.

April 4 1879

U.S. Secretary of Interior Carl Schurz is the most adroit liar I have ever known. The government violated treaties with the American Indian tribes. There is corruption of US Indian agents, military officers, and settlers who encroached on and stole Indian lands, which i will soon document.

June 17 1879

The first book published under my own name is out, A Century of Dishonor. This book calls for significant reform in government policy toward Native Americans. I recommend you read it and become informed! I sent a copy to every member of Congress and am waiting on a response.

January 7 1881

I am inspired by former mayor of Los Angeles, Don Antonio Coronel. With his help I was appointed Interior Department agent. My assignment is to visit the Mission Indians, ascertain the location and condition of various bands, and determine what lands, if any, should be purchased for their use. I am excited to take on this new role!

December 28 1882

I am going to write a novel, in which will be set forth some Indian experiences in a way to move people's hearts. People will read a novel when they will not read serious books. I am inspired by my friend Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin.

December 4 1883

My book is finished! The title is Ramona and it is based on real experiences I have seen. I encourage you all to read it and become informed.

February 13 1884


Works Cited

"Helen Hunt Jackson." Poetry Foundation. Poetry Foundation, n.d. Web. 26 Mar. 2017.

"Helen Hunt Jackson (1830-1885), friend | Emily Dickinson Museum." Helen Hunt Jackson (1830-1885), friend | Emily Dickinson Museum. N.p., n.d. Web. 26 Mar. 2017.

"Helen Hunt Jackson - Helen Hunt Jackson Biography - Poem Hunter." PoemHunter.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 26 Mar. 2017.

MacLean, Maggie. "Maggie MacLean." Civil War Women. N.p., 20 Dec. 2014. Web. 26 Mar. 2017.