Murder State is a comprehensive examination of these events and their early legacy. Preconceptions about Native Americans as shaped by the popular press and by immigrants' experiences on the Overland Trail to California were used to further justify the elimination of Native people in the newcomers' quest for land. The allegedly "violent nature" of Native people was often merely their reaction to the atrocities committed against them as they were driven from their ancestral lands and alienated from their traditional resources.
In this narrative history employing numerous primary sources and the latest interdisciplinary scholarship on genocide, Brendan C. Lindsay examines the darker side of California history, one rarely studied in detail, and the motives of both Native Americans and Euro-Americans at the time. Murder State calls attention to the misuse of democracy to justify and commit genocide.
Brendan C. Lindsay is an assistant professor of history at California State University, Sacramento.
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About the Author
Table of Contents
List of Tables
Introduction: Defining Genocide
Part 1. Imagining Genocide
1. The Core Values of Genocide
2. Emigrant Guides
3. The Overland Trail Experience
Part 2. Perpetrating Genocide
4. The Economics of Genocide in Southern California
5. Democratic Death Squads of Northern California
Part 3. Supporting Genocide
6. The Murder State
7. Federal Bystanders to and Agents of Genocide
8. Advertising Genocide
Conclusion: At a Crossroads in the Genocide
Epilogue: Forgetting and Remembering Genocide