Item Image
Title An American genocide : the United States and the California Indian catastrophe, 1846-1873 / Benjamin Madley.
Author Madley, Benjamin.
Publication New Haven : Yale University Press, [2016]
Description xv, 692 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm.
Call # 979.4004 M
Series The Lamar series in Western history
Lamar series in western history.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 629-666) and index.
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 -- Appendixes. 1: Reports of nonspecific numbers of California Indians killed, 1846-1873 ; 2: Reports of fewer than five California Indians killed, 1846-1873 ; 3: Reports of five or more California Indians killed, 1846-1873 ; 4: Reports of non-Indians killed by California Indians, 1846-1873 ; 5: Selected massacres with contested death tolls, 1846-1866 ; 6: Major volunteer California state militia expeditions, 1850-1861 ; 7: Reports of California Indians killed by US army soldiers and their auxiliaries, 1846-1873 ; 8: The United Nations Genocide Convention.
Summary 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.
Subject Indians of North America -- California -- History -- 19th century.
Genocide -- California -- History -- 19th century.
California -- History -- 19th century.
Genocide. (OCoLC)fst00940208
Indians of North America. (OCoLC)fst00969633
California. (OCoLC)fst01204928
1800-1899
Genre History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
ISBN 9780300181364

Location CALL # Status Message
 Central 2nd Fl - HBR Non-Fic  979.4004 M    DUE 07-07-21  
 Clinton Hill Non-Fic  979.4004 M    CHECK SHELVES  
 Crown Hts Non-Fic  979.4004 M    CHECK SHELVES