Helen Hunt Jackson on Native American RIghts

Topics: United States, Indian removal, Andrew Jackson Pages: 3 (891 words) Published: February 19, 2014
Press Conference VI: Native Americans and the West: Helen Hunt Jackson
Hello my fellow Americans, we gather here together to discuss the mistreatment of Native Americans in the United States. These generally peaceful people were here before our founding fathers established this great country of ours, they were here before the Pilgrims landed on Plymouth Rock, and they were even here before Christopher Columbus himself was looking for a new trade route to India and landed in the Americas. The Natives were here before us and our government seizing land that has been in the tribe’s possession for generations is just completely wrong. I was born on October 15, 1830 and in that same year, President Andrew Jackson put into effect the Indian Removal Act of 1830. Which authorized the President to grant non-settled lands west of the Mississippi River to Natives living in existing state borders. I had two brothers, who died soon after birth and a sister Anne. My mother died in 1844 when I was about 15, then three years later my father died. My father provided for all my education and after his death I was arranged to live with my uncle. I attended the Ipswich Female Seminary and the Abbot Institute in New York City. During my schooling I became acquainted with Emily Dickinson. At the age of 22, I married a US Army Captain by the name of Edward Biddell Hunt. We had two sons, Murray and Rennie. Murray died as an infant of brain disease. Two years later my husband died in a military accident and a couple years after that my other son, Rennie died of diphtheria. All of this death and sadness in my life compelled me to begin writing. I would publish my earliest works anonymously under the name “H.H.” In 1879 my interest went to Native Americans when I sat in on a lecture by the Ponca Chief Standing Bear. He described his tribe’s removal from their Nebraska reservation and transfer to the Quapaw Reservation. After being transferred the tribe suffered from disease, climate, and...
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