Jackson, Helen Hunt
- Rosemary Whitaker
Jackson, Helen Hunt (14 October 1830–12 August 1885), writer and reformer, was born Helen Maria Fiske in Amherst, Massachusetts, the daughter of Nathan Welby Fiske, a professor of languages at Amherst College, and Deborah Vinal. Her mother, recognizing Helen’s inclination toward independent thought and behavior, described her as “quite inclined to question everything; the Bible she says does not feel as if it were true” (Banning, p. 11). Despite a sporadic education at a series of boarding schools, she was better educated than most women of her time, having exposure to mathematics, science, and philosophy as well as the usual “finishing school” subjects....