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The United States and the California Indian Catastrophe, 1846-1873

americangenocide“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.

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1 Comment for Calif. Historical Society: The United States and the California Indian Catastrophe, 1846-1873


  1. I have always said that the Indians were treated the worst in our history, it’s not in Ca. it started when our people came across our country to get to Ca.

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