An American Genocide

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  • Hardcover
  • 712 pages
  • An American Genocide
  • Benjamin Madley
  • 03 April 2019
  • 0300181361

An American Genocide The First Full Account Of The Government Sanctioned Genocide Of California Indians Under United States Rule 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.

10 thoughts on “An American Genocide

  1. Denise says:

    Wow What an eye opening book I had no idea the depth of terror the Native Californians endured at the hands of the white invaders The author outlines the definition of genocide and points out each instance where those definitions fit the actions of the soldiers and vigilantes not only because of their personal hatred of the Indian, but because the government sanctioned and encouraged extermination By the time this book was finished, I was horrified to the point of tears The killing went on Wow What an eye opening b...

  2. John says:

    This is a book that is sickening and repulsive to read Mr Madley s documentation about what happened to California Indians during this time period makes a person realize that the early white Americans were no better and were sometimes worse than Nazis in WWII He also mentions from anecdotal evidence, that when they were not killed, California Indians were enslaved and treated worse than black slaves in the South It was not only Americans who did this to California Indians, but Mexicans and R This is a book that is sickening and repulsive to read Mr Madley s documentation about what happened to California Indians during this time period makes a person realize that the early white Americans were no better and were sometimes worse than Nazis in WWII He also mentions from anecdotal evidence, that when they were not killed, California Indians were enslaved and treated worse than black slaves in the South It was not only Americans who did this to California Indians, but Mexicans and Russians and other nationalities And it was government sanctioned genocid...

  3. Bob H says:

    A definitive and detailed history of the systematic extermination of the native peoples of California His research was meticulous, including much material from newspapers of the time and even the Official Records of the War of the Rebellion California regiments didn t go to the war back east but did accelerate the killing He begins, as he should, with the abusive Spanish and Russian colonial outposts but shows, in excruciating detail, how it became systematic genocide once Americans st A definitive and detailed history of the systematic extermination of the native peoples of California His research was meticulous, including much material from newspapers of the time and even the Official Records of the War of the Rebellion California regiments didn t go to the war back east but did accelerate the killing He begins, as he should, with the abusive Spanish and Russian colonial outposts but shows, in excruciating detail, how it became systematic genocide once Americans started arriving in the 1840s, and continuing only until there were few people left to exterminate He shows, over and over, that it wasn t just an organized effort by military or militia units but a spontaneous effort by the civilian settlers generally He also tells how the collateral evils of rape and enslavement accompanied the killings.It s not easy reading, but it s an important contribution to U.S history and that of California and the West It s not taught much in U.S or California schools and, he notes...

  4. Mike says:

    A war of extermination will continue to be waged between the races, until the Indian race becomes extinct California Governor Peter H Burnett, 1851California with US Federal support and financial backing was on a war path in the third quarter of the 19th century to exterminate the American Indian population of California It was brutal and pursued without regret The Indians were 150,000 in 1847, and thirty years later were at the 20,000 30,000 range Indians were enslaved, starved, massacred A war of extermination will continue to be waged between the races, until the Indian race becomes extinct California Gov...

  5. Meg says:

    Wow This book was dry and detailed but hard hitting Don t be intimidated by the size almost half of it is footnotes and a thorough listing of ALL the recorded deaths of California Native Americans at the hands of white settlers as well as all the recorded deaths of white settlers at the hands of Native Americans a much shorter list This book lays out the argument that genocide was committed against Native Americans in California, something I didn t think was controversial but apparently Wow This book was dry and detailed but hard hitting Don t be intimidated by the size almost half of it is footnotes and a thorough listing of ALL the recorded deaths of California Native Americans at the hands of white settlers as well as all the recorded deaths of white settlers at the hands of Native Americans a much shorter list This book lays out the argument that genocide was committed against Native Americans in California, something I didn t think was controversial but apparently it is...

  6. Becky says:

    This is a very important book and seems incredibly well researched However, I stopped reading about halfway through it I m glad I read that much of it I ve been reading about treatment of the Indians in the West but had never known what happened to the California Indians I now know and agree with the author that a genocide took place in California, beginning in earnest about the time of the gold rush in the mid 1800s But the book is excruciatingly detailed, and because my husband had alread This is a very important book and seems incredibly well researched However, I stopped reading about halfway through it I m glad I read that much of it I ve been reading about treatment of the Indians in the West but had never known what happened to the California Indians I now know and agree with the author that a genocide took place in California, beginning in earnest about the time of the gold rush in the mid 1800s But the book is excruciatingly detailed, and because my husband had already read it and we had discussed the overall events, I felt my tim...

  7. Charlene says:

    This book reads like a thesis, especially the first chapter It s written by an academic, for academics I would have preferred somethingrelatable from an author who was good at relaying reliable research, who can still manage to be a good storyteller I skipped some sections because I was having trouble paying attention However, I thought that 1491 was pretty dry, and many pe...

  8. Jim says:

    This book is a long and thorough chronicle of Indian genocide at the hands of white Americans it is not an easy read but Madley has been supremely thorough in documenting incidents of deliberate mass extermina...

  9. Patricia says:

    Well done Well researched and an important read Ben Madley s book is an important one and highlights a period not often discussed in California history He highlights key ways that the state of California...

  10. California says:

    If you like history, specifically California history and Native American Indians, you will get specific accounts and details of how our Native American Indians were extinguished It s sad that foreigners took over ...