An American genocide
Benjamin Madley
An edition of An American genocide (2016)

An American genocide

the United States and the California Indian catastrophe, 1846-1873

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December 29, 2021 | History
An edition of An American genocide (2016)

An American genocide

the United States and the California Indian catastrophe, 1846-1873

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Language
English
Pages
692

Between 1846 and 1873, California's Indian population plunged from perhaps 150,000 to 30,000. Benjamin Madley is the first historian to uncover the full extent of the slaughter, the involvement of state and federal officials, the taxpayer dollars that supported the violence, indigenous resistance, who did the killing, and why the killings ended. This deeply researched book is a comprehensive and chilling history of an American genocide. Madley describes pre-contact California and precursors to the genocide before explaining how the Gold Rush stirred vigilante violence against California Indians. He narrates the rise of a state-sanctioned killing machine and the broad societal, judicial, and political support for genocide. Many participated: vigilantes, volunteer state militiamen, U.S. Army soldiers, U.S. congressmen, California governors, and others. Ultimately, the state and federal governments spent at least $1,700,000 on campaigns against California Indians. Besides evaluating government officials' culpability, Madley considers why the slaughter constituted genocide and how other possible genocides within and beyond the Americas might be investigated using the methods presented in this groundbreaking book.

Contains primary source material.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
California Indians before 1846
Prelude to genocide : March 1846-March 1848
Gold, immigrants, and killers from Oregon : March 1848-May 1850
Turning point : the killing campaigns of December 1849-May 1850
Legislating exclusion and vulnerability : 1846-1853
Rise of the killing machine : militias and vigilantes, April 1850-December 1854
Perfecting the killing machine : December 1854-March 1861
The Civil War in California and its aftermath : March 1861-1871
Conclusion.

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references (pages 629-666) and index.

Series
The Lamar series in Western history, Lamar series in western history

Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class
979.400497
Library of Congress
E78.C15 M33 2016, E78.C15

The Physical Object

Pagination
xv, 692 pages
Number of pages
692

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL26887461M
ISBN 10
0300181361
ISBN 13
9780300181364
OCLC/WorldCat
930798100

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