An American Genocide

The History Department at Pomona College invites you to the final lecture of our “Indigenous Americans: New Perspectives on the Past” spring 2017 series:

An American Genocide:
The United States and the California Indian Catastrophe


Ben Madley (UCLA)

Thursday, April 6 at 4:15 p.m.
Hahn 108 (Pomona College)

Controversial and timely, An American Genocide describes the rise of a state-sanctioned killing machine in California, as well as the broad societal, judicial, and political support it enjoyed. Complimented by an exhaustive account of the violence against indigenous Californians, Madley considers why the slaughter constituted genocide and how other possible genocides within and beyond the Americas might be investigated using the methods he presents.

Copies of the book will be on sale at the event.

“This scrupulously detailed epilogue is the equivalent of a memorial wall that we are visiting for the first time.”—Peter Nabokov, New York Review of Books

An American Genocide provides one of the most detailed and stunning narratives of violence, murder, and state-sponsored genocide in North America, making this book a major achievement in the fields of both Native American history and Genocide Studies.”—Ned Blackhawk (Yale University), author of Violence Over the Land: Indians and Empires in the Early American West