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L.A. from Every Angle
Posted April 01, 2010 to photo album "L.A. from Every Angle"
As Noah Baumbach’s Greenberg shows, there are many different L.A.s inside the city limits. Joel Bleifuss takes us on the tour of how artists imagine Los Angeles.
Slide 3: L.A. for Native Americans
Helen Hunt Jackson (1830-1885) was one of the earliest champions of Native American rights. She is most famous as the author of Ramona, a novel whose heroine is half-Scottish, half-Indian, about discrimination against the Payomkowishum Indians (also known as the Luiseño Indians) of Southern California.
A bestseller when it was published in 1884, the novel fueled a boom in what is known as “Ramona tourism,” with visitors coming west on the just-completed Southern Pacific Railroad. (The part of Interstate 10 that runs past L.A.’s Union Station was originally named Ramona Freeway.)
In 1886, the North American Review called Ramona “unquestionably the best novel yet produced by an American woman,” and deemed it one of the two most ethical 19th century novels, the other being Uncle Tom’s Cabin. “If I can do one-hundredth part for the Indian that Mrs. Stowe did for the Negro, I will be thankful,” Hunt Jackson told a friend.