Helen Hunt Jackson
Author, Native American Rights Advocate
1831 - 1885
The legendary poet and writer, Helen Hunt Jackson, was best known for her activism on behalf of Native Americans in the 1880s.
Her two books, Ramona and A Century of Dishonor sparked widespread changes in attitudes and public support for more humane Indian policies. From her beloved home in Colorado Springs, Jackson wrote dozens of poems, books, and articles.
"If I could write a story that would do for the Indian one-hundredth part what Uncle Tom's Cabin did for the Negro, I would be thankful the rest of my life.“ — Helen Hunt Jackson, referring to her popular novel, ‘Ramona’ ”