“An American Genocide: The United States and the California Indian Catastrophe, 1846-1873”
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January 27, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Between 1846 and 1873, California's Native American population fell from about 150,000 to 30,000. UCLA Professor Benjamin Madley is the first historian to uncover the full extent of the slaughter.
He offers a talk on the involvement of state and federal officials, the taxpayer dollars that supported the violence, indigenous resistance and who did the killing.
This deeply researched presentation, which is free and open to everyone on and off campus, will narrate the chilling story of an American genocide.
Madley is a scholar of Native America, the United States and genocide in world history. Educated at Yale and Oxford, he served as an Andrew Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in history and Native American Studies at Dartmouth College before joining the faculty at UCLA.
He is an associate professor of history and the interim chair of American Indian Studies there. His 11 published articles and book chapters have appeared in journals such as The American Historical Review and the Journal of Genocide Research as well as multiple edited volumes.
“An American Genocide: The United States and the California Indian Catastrophe, 1846-1873” is his first book. It won the 2016 Heyday Books History Prize.