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Jackson’s A Century of Dishonor (1881) Who: Helen Hunt Jackson and Native Americans (Indians) What: Helen Hunt Jackson, a Massachusetts writer of children’s literature, pricked the moral sense of Americans in 1881, when she published A Century of Dishonor . The book chronicled the sorry record of government ruthlessness and chicanery in dealing with the Indian. The book was sent to every member of Congress. Sig.: By the 1880s the national conscience began to stir uneasily over the plight of the Indians. A Century of Dishonor , gave an historical account of the government’s injustice to Native Americans. Debate seesawed. Humanitarians wanted to treat the Indians kindly and persuade them thereby to “walk the white man’s road,” yet hard-liners insisted on the current policy of force containment and brutal punishment. Neither side showed much respect for Native American culture. The book inspired a reform movement aimed at helping Indians become full members of American society, ultimately leading to passage of the Dawes Act in 1887. Source: Bartleby, Vivisimo , AP596 Wounded Knee (December 1890) Who: United States 7 th Cavalry and the Dakota Sioux Indian tribe under Big Foot Where: Wounded Knee Creek, rising in Southwest South Dakota and flowing Northwest to the White River What: When the “Ghost Dance” cult later spread to the Dakota Sioux, the army bloodily stamped it out in 1890 at the so-called Battle of Wounded Knee. After the death of Sitting Bull, a band of Sioux led by Big Foot, fled into the badlands, where they were captured by the 7th Cavalry on Dec. 28, 1890, and brought
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