Calif. Historical Society | The United States and the California Indian Catastrophe, 1846-1873
“An American Genocide: The United States and the California Indian Catastrophe, 1846-1873” by Benjamin Madley
Conversation with the author, hosted by the California Historical Society
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.