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Ramona / Edition 1

Ramona / Edition 1

by Helen Hunt Jackson, Siobhan SenierHelen Hunt Jackson
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Ramona has often been compared to Uncle Tom’s Cabin for its influence on American social policy, and this is the only edition available that presents this important novel in its full historical context. A huge popular and critical success when it was first published in 1884, Ramona is set among the California Spanish missions and tells the story of the young mixed-blood heroine, Ramona, and her Native American lover Alessandro, as they flee from the brutal violence of white settlers.

This Broadview edition re-examines the novel’s legacy by placing it alongside public speeches, letters, and newspaper articles that promoted what was ultimately a damaging campaign by reformers to “assimilate” Native American peoples. Selections from Jackson’s non-fiction writings call into question the link between assimilationist policies and the story told in Ramona; also included are the writings and testimonies of some of Jackson’s Native American contemporaries, as well as a selection of travel essays and images that helped to create “the Ramona myth.”

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781551117201
Publisher: Broadview Press
Publication date: 03/28/2008
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 450
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Siobhan Senier is Associate Professor of English at the University of New Hampshire.

Table of Contents

Foreward (by Phil Brigandi)
Helen Hunt Jackson: A Brief Chronology
A Note on the Text


Appendix A: Public Opinion on Allotment and Assimilation

  1. From Massachusetts Senator Henry L. Dawes, “Solving the Indian Problem” (1883)
  2. From Richard Henry Pratt, “The Advantages of Mingling Indians with Whites” (1892)
  3. From United States Congress, Committee on Indian Affairs, Minority Report on Land in Severalty Bill (1880)
  4. “In the Way,” New York Times (24 December 1879)
  5. “The Indian Severalty Law,” New York Times (27 May 1887)

Appendix B: Selected Indian Non-Fiction by Helen Hunt Jackson

  1. Letter to the Editor, New York Tribune (23 December 1879)
  2. Letter to the Editor, New York Tribune (26 December 1879)
  3. Letter to the Editor, New York Tribune (31 January 1879)
  4. From the Report on the Condition and Needs of the Mission Indians of California (1883)

Appendix C: Women in Indian Reform

  1. Alice Cunningham Fletcher, letter to Harriet Hawley (6 January 1884)
  2. From The Women’s National Indian Association, Sunshine Work (1894)
  3. From Anna R. Dawson (Arikara), Report from the Fort Berthold Reservation (1900)

Appendix D: Contemporary Native American Voices

  1. From Thomas Wildcat Alford, Civilization and the Story of the Absentee Shawnees (1936)
  2. Francis LaFlesche (Omaha), “An Indian Allotment” (1900)
  3. From Suzette LaFlesche (Omaha), Preface to William Justin Harsha, Ploughed Under (1881)
  4. From S. Alice Callahan (Muscogee), Wynema: A Child of the Forest (1891)
  5. Pleasant Porter (Muscogee), “What Is Best for the Indian” (1902)
  6. From Zitkala-Sa (Dakota), “Lost Treaties of the California Indians” (1922)
  7. From Alfred C. Gillis (Wintun), “The California Indians” (1924)
  8. Lone Wolf (Kiowa) et al.,Testimony before the Jerome Commission (1899)

Appendix E: Contemporary Reviews of and Responses to Ramona

  1. From The Los Angeles Times (13 January 1885)
  2. From The Nation (29 January 1885)
  3. From Elaine Goodale, The Southern Workman (February 1885)
  4. From Elizabeth B. Custer, The Boston Evening Transcript (14 May 1887)
  5. José Martí, “‘Ramona’ de Helen Hunt Jackson” (1887)
  6. From George Wharton James, Through Ramona’s Country (1909)

Appendix F: A Portfolio of Ramona Cultural Images

  1. Map of Ramona’s Homeland
  2. Rancho Camulos, South Veranda
  3. The Altar at Rancho Camulos
  4. Mission San Luis Rey (1910)
  5. Mission Capistrano (1915)
  6. Henry Sandham, illustration of Ramona
  7. Henry Sandham, illustration of Alessandro’s Murder
  8. Ramona Lubo at her Husband’s Grave
  9. Ramona Lubo at George Wharton James’s Graphophone
  10. 1908 Meeting of the Mission Indian Conference
  11. Ramona’s Marriage Place (1920s)
  12. The Ramona Pageant (c. 1930)

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