Synopses & Reviews
The orphaned daughter of a Scottish merchant and his Native American bride, Ramona grows up in the southern California of the nineteenth century, a golden land of old Spanish missions and sprawling ranches. Ramona's mixed-race ancestry and marriage to a Native American make her a target for bigotry and abuse as the region passes from Mexican control to American statehood and three cultures ― Mexican, Anglo, and Indian ― enter into an increasingly heated conflict.
Originally published in 1884, Ramona was hailed by Atlantic Monthly as "one of the most artistic creations of American literature." Helen Hunt Jackson's richly atmospheric romance was intended to draw attention to the U. S. government's mistreatment of Native Americans after the Mexican-American War. Most of the book's original audience, however, was drawn to its love story and picturesque qualities rather than its political content, and it attracted countless tourists to southern California. The source of four movie adaptations, the novel continues to enchant readers. This edition is graced by appealing black-and-white illustrations.
Originally published in 1884, this novel portrays government abuse of Native Americans after the Mexican-American War. In addition to its stirring political content, the tale offers compelling romantic and picturesque qualities.
Originally published in 1884, this novel portrays government abuse of Native Americans after the Mexican-American War. Most readers were drawn to its romantic and picturesque qualities rather than its political content, and it attracted countless tourists to southern California. Not only was the book reprinted 300 times, it inspired four different movie adaptations. This edition features handsome black-and-white illustrations.
About the Author
Helen Maria Hunt Jackson, born Helen Fiske (1830-85), was an American poet and writer who became an activist on behalf of Native Americans. Her 1881 nonfiction work, A Century of Dishonor,
chronicles injustices inflicted upon Indians by the U.S. government.
Henry "Hy" Sandham (1842-1910) was a Canadian painter and illustrator.