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An American Genocide: The United States and the California Indian Catastro...

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An American Genocide: The United States and the California Indian Catastrophe, 1846-1873

Prof. Ben Madley University of California , Los Angeles (UCLA)

Monday 11 December | Room, 6.101

On the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples this seminar highlights the complex and violent relations between Indigenous peoples and settler colonial states. Between 1846 and 1873, California’s Indian population plunged from about 150,000 to 30,000. With scrupulously detailed research, historian Professor Madley is the first to uncover the full extent of the slaughter, the involvement of state and federal officials, the taxpayer dollars that supported it, indigenous resistances and why the killings ended. Besides evaluating government officials’ culpability, Madley considers why what happened in California 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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