West/Immigration

Jenny Lor

Helen Hunt Jackson

Activist for Native American rights and author of Southern California's most enduring historical romance novel Ramona, was born and reared in Amherst, Massachusetts, a school mate friend of the woman who would become Amherst's most celebrated resident, poet Emily Dickinson. Grew up in a literary environment, and was herself a noted poet and writer of children's stories, novels, and essays before turning her considerable intellect and energy to investigating and publicizing the mistreatment of Native Americans, especially the Mission Indians of Southern California.

  • Circulate petitions, raised money, and wrote letters to the New York Times on the Poncas'
  • Published A Century of Dishonor in 1881
  • Wrote Ramona and she died of cancer on August 12, 1885