Glimpses of California and the Missions
Helen Hunt Jackson. Illustrations by Henry Sandham.
Little, Brown & Company: 1902. First edition. Hardcover. Near fine.
Jackson was an activist and poet dedicated to bettering the living conditions and rights of Native Americans. She was sent west as part of a federal commission to investigate conditions among the Mission Indians in 1882, and her experiences as part of that commission inspired her famous 1884 novel Ramona. Glimpses of California reprints articles Jackson first published in 1883. She offers a narrative history of the California mission system and the early years of Los Angeles as a Latino community and the work of Junipero Serra as well as an analysis of the fate of the Mission Indians after those missions were dismantled.