California’s history is marked by horrific and systemic violence against Native Americans. On this edition of Your Call, we’ll speak with Bay Area Native Corrina Gould and historian Benjamin Madley about the genocide of California Indians and how the state should acknowledge it.
In his book American Genocide, Madley details the murders and institutionalized killings of Native communities in California in the latter half of the 19th century. Vigilantes, military members, and others drove the Native population in California down from around 150,000 to about 30,000 between 1846 and 1870. How should California recognize the war of extermination waged against its Native communities?
Benjamin Madley, historian of Native America, the United States, and colonialism, and author of American Genocide: The United States and the California Indian Catastrophe, 1846-1873