To reach a wider audience Jackson began a novel that “would do for the Indian one-hundredth part what Uncle Tom's Cabin did for the Negro,” she wrote.
The result was Ramona published in 1884. The novel told the tale of a half Indian, half Scots girl living in Southern California who suffers racial discrimination. The novel was a success but not in the ways Jackson had envisioned. The novel did more for Southern California tourism than for the plight of Native Americans. Jackson’s friend, Emily Dickinson, described Jackson’s writing as having the facts “but not the phospherence.” However, the novel Ramona is the best selling 19th Century novel behind Uncle Tom’s Cabin and has not been out of print since it was first published. The novel was adapted for film in the years 1910, 1916, 1928 and 1936, respectively. In the year 2000 the novel was adapted into a Mexican telenovela. Click the Youtube link below to enjoy the theme song from the 1928 production of Ramona.