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Elias Castillo

On this edition of Your Call’s Media Roundtable, we're remembering the late award-winning journalist Elias Castillo by rebroadcasting our conversation about his book Cross of Thorns: The Enslavement of California's Indians by the Spanish Missions. The violent mission system claimed the lives of more than 62,000 Indians. 

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After more than 150 years, historians (and perhaps Californians) are facing the horrifying truth that Indian slavery was a key source of labor that helped create the early economy of California and enrich its first settlers. 

Your Call: The dark history of California missions

Sep 13, 2015

On the September 14th edition of Your Call, we’ll have a conversation with award winning journalist Elias Castillo about his new book Cross of Thorns: The Enslavement of California's Indians by the Spanish Missions.