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Popular media depict miners as a rough-and-tumble lot who diligently worked the placers along scenic rushing rivers while living in roaring mining camps in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Trafzer and Hyer destroy this mythic image by offering a collection of original newspaper articles that describe in detail the murder, rape, and enslavement perpetrated by those who participated in the infamous gold rush. "It is a mercy to the Red Devils," wrote an editor of the Chico Courier, "to exterminate them." Newspaper accounts of the era depict both the barbarity and the nobility in human nature, but while some protested the inhumane treatment of Native Americans, they were not able to end the violence. Native Americans fought back, resisting the invasion, but they could not stop the tide of white miners and settlers. They became "strangers in a stolen land."

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. p. vii
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. ix-xi
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xiii-xvi
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-34
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  1. Chapter 1: White American Perceptions of California Indians
  2. pp. 35-53
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  1. Chapter 2: Native American Reaction to the Invasion [Includes Image Plates]
  2. pp. 55-70
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  1. Chapter 3: Other Native Resistance
  2. pp. 71-79
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  1. Chapter 4: The Gold Rush and Native Americans of Southern California
  2. pp. 81-112
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  1. Chapter 5: Anglo Depredations Against California Indians
  2. pp. 113-133
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  1. Chapter 6: Indian Relations with the State and Federal Governments
  2. pp. 135-159
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  1. Suggested Reading
  2. pp. 161-162
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 163-177
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780870139611
Print ISBN
9780870135019
MARC Record
OCLC
44958214
Pages
220
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
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