The Missions in Words and Art

MacMillan, Dianne
January 1996
Missions of the Los Angeles Area;1996, p66
Writer Helen Hunt Jackson visited the California missions and many nearby ranches in the 1880s. She talked to former neophytes and to other Indians, who were losing their land to U.S. settlers. Indian land, in her opinion, had been unfairly taken away. Also concerned about conditions on the reservations, Jackson wanted the Indians to receive more land, more education and better farm tools. In 1884 she published her famous love story, Ramona, to show through fiction the hardships Indians faced.


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