The Destruction of California Indians by Robert F. HeizerThe Destruction of California Indians by Robert F. Heizer

The Destruction of California Indians

EditorRobert F. HeizerIntroduction byAlbert L. Hurtado

Paperback | March 1, 1993

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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.
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 adva...
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Title:The Destruction of California IndiansFormat:PaperbackDimensions:321 pages, 9 × 6.03 × 0.73 inPublished:March 1, 1993Publisher:UNP - Bison Books

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ISBN - 10:0803272626

ISBN - 13:9780803272620

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The Destruction of California Indians is so powerful that every American should read it. These accounts of the activities of agents, military officers, and newspapers reveal how thousands of California natives died from 1847 to 1865 from starvation, disease, drunkenness, enslavement, rape, murder, and warfare...The editor lets the documents tell the story and has provided organization and balance which make it possible to trace themes while letting the reader draw the conclusions. Library Journal

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The Destruction of California Indians "is so powerful that every American should read it. These accounts of the activities of agents, military officers, and newspapers reveal how thousands of California natives died from 1847 to 1865 from starvation, disease, drunkenness, enslavement, rape, murder, and warfare. . . . The editor lets the documents tell the story and has provided organization and balance which make it possible to trace themes while letting the reader draw the conclusions."—Library Journal - Library Journal