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An American genocide : the United States and the California Indian catastrophe, 1846-1873, Benjamin Madley

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An American genocide : the United States and the California Indian catastrophe, 1846-1873
Title
An American genocide
Title remainder
the United States and the California Indian catastrophe, 1846-1873
Statement of responsibility
Benjamin Madley
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
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. 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
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Cataloging source
ERASA
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Madley, Benjamin
Dewey number
970.494
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Lamar Series in Western History
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  • Indians of North America
  • Genocide
Target audience
general
Label
An American genocide : the United States and the California Indian catastrophe, 1846-1873, Benjamin Madley
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xv, 692 pages
Isbn
9780300181364
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, map
Ownership
*
Label
An American genocide : the United States and the California Indian catastrophe, 1846-1873, Benjamin Madley
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xv, 692 pages
Isbn
9780300181364
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, map
Ownership
*

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