The Destruction of California Indians

Overview


California is a contentious arena for the study of the Native American past. Some critics say genocide characterized the early conduct of Indian affairs in the state; others say humanitarian concerns. Robert F. Heizer, in the former camp, has compiled a damning collection of contemporaneous accounts that will provoke students of California history to look deeply into the state's record of race relations and to question bland generalizations about the adventuresome days of the ...
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Overview


California is a contentious arena for the study of the Native American past. Some critics say genocide characterized the early conduct of Indian affairs in the state; others say humanitarian concerns. Robert F. Heizer, in the former camp, has compiled a damning collection of contemporaneous accounts that will provoke students of California history to look deeply into the state's record of race relations and to question bland generalizations about the adventuresome days of the Gold Rush.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Nineteenth-century documents that recount in chilling fashion how California's Native American population was decimated. (Apr.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803272620
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/1993
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 344
  • Sales rank: 803,506
  • Lexile: 1510L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Meet the Author


Robert F. Heizer's many works include the classic The Other Californians: Prejudice and Discrimination under Spain, Mexico, and the United States to 1920 (1971), written with Alan Almquist. In his introduction, Albert L. Hurtado sets the documents in historical context and considers Heizer’s influence on scholarship as well as the advances made since his death. A professor of history at Arizona State University, Hurtado is the author of Indian Survival on the California Frontier.
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Table of Contents

1 Some Early Records 3
2 Conditions of Indians 11
3 Regular and Volunteer Troop Actions Against Indians 41
4 Reservation Matters 101
5 Proposals for Indian Protection and Welfare 175
6 Indenture, Kidnapping and Sale of Indians 219
7 Massacres 243
8 Scalping of Indians 267
9 Disease, Liquor and Sexual Exploitation of Indian Women 271
10 Indian Mistreatment of Chinese 287
11 Indians and the White Man's Law 293
12 Indians as the Butt of Jokes 309
Document Sources 315
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