Speaking of genocide--the 1.5 Armenians during World War I, the 6 million Jews during World War II, the 800,000 Rwandans killed in the Tutsi genocide of 1994--there's one more that has been hiding in plain sight.
That's the planned genocide of California's American Indians from 1846 to 1873.
"The state of California paid $1 million to kill off American Indians," reports Benjamin Madley. Not surprisingly, he won the prize for best book of history written in 2016 at Friday night's Los Angeles Times Book Prizes.
His book is An American Genocide: The United States and the California Indiana Catastrophe 1846-1873, published by Yale University Press.
"Between 1846 and 1873, California's Indian population plunged from perhaps 150,000 to 30,000," reads the inside flap of the book cover.
"Benjamin Madley is the first historian to uncover the full extent of the slaughter. He reveals the involvement of state and federal officials, the taxpayer dollars that supported the violence, indigenous resistance, and who did the killing and why the killing ended."
"He narrates the rise of a state-sanctioned killing machine and broad societal, judicial, and political support for the genocide."
I bought this book and plan to read it.
I heard him speak on a panel titled
The moderator and other authors, equally compelling, were: