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Life Among the Piutes: Their Wrongs and Claims (1883) by Sarah Winnemucca Hopkins


EDITOR’S PREFACE


Mary Peabody Mann edited Sarah's book
Mary Peabody Mann
edited Sarah’s book
(not in original book)
Elizabeth Palmer Peabody, in Boston, sister of Mary Peabody Mann
Mary’s sister Elizabeth Palmer Peabody, encouraged Sarah to write this book
(not in original book)
My editing has consisted in copying the original manuscript in correct orthography and punctuation, with occasional emendations by the author, of a book which is an heroic act on the part of the writer. Mrs. Hopkins came to the East from the Pacific coast with the courageous purpose of telling in detail to the mass of our people, “extenuating nothing and setting down naught in malice,” the story of her people’s trials. Finding that in extemporaneous speech she could only speak at one time of a few points, she determined to write out the most important part of what she wished to say. In fighting with her literary deficiencies she loses some of the fervid eloquence which her extraordinary colloquial command of the English language enables her to utter, but I am confident that no one would desire that her own original words should be altered. It is the first outbreak of the American Indian in human literature, and has a single aim—to tell the truth as it lies in the heart of mind of a true patriot and one whose knowledge of the two races gives her an opportunity of comparing them justly. At this moment, when the United States seem waking up to their duty to the original possessors of our immense territory, it is of the first importance to hear what only an Indian and an Indian woman can tell. To tell it was her own deep impulse, and the dying charge given her by her father, the truly parental chief of his beloved tribe.

m. m.



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