Added: August 30, 2014 – Last updated: April 25, 2015
Author: Brendan C. Lindsay
Title: Murder State
Subtitle: California's Native American Genocide, 1846-1873
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Pages: xv + 436pp.
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»In the second half of the nineteenth century, the Euro-American citizenry of California carried out mass genocide against the Native population of their state, using the processes and mechanisms of democracy to secure land and resources for themselves and their private interests. The murder, rape, and enslavement of thousands of Native people were legitimized by notions of democracy—in this case mob rule—through a discreetly organized and brutally effective series of petitions, referenda, town hall meetings, and votes at every level of California government.
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