An American Genocide: The United States and the California Indian Catastrophe
Artist(s)/Author(s): Benjamin Madley
Format: Book
Number of Pages: 498
Dimensions: 6" x 9.25"
ISBN: 978-0-300-23069-7
Date Published/Produced: 2016
City Produced/Published: New Haven and London
Reference Number: ST.30908.Ma
Location: Stacks
Acquisition Date: 1/13/2019
Copies: 1
Collection: Main Museum

Collection Description: 
Books were part of the exhibition Rigo 23: When Ripples Become Waves by Rigo 23 that occured at the Main Museum from 2/25-4/13. Rigo 23: Ripples Become Waves featured works that emphasize the artist’s longtime advocacy for social and political change, specifically calling attention to the incarceration of political prisoners and the plight of indigenous communities in the United States. Rigo 23 (b. 1966, Portugal), is a Los Angeles-based Portuguese artist known for large-scale outdoor murals, is considered part of the first generation of the San Francisco Mission School art movement, which emerged in the city’s Mission District in the early 1990s. For nearly three decades, his socially engaged work has focused on addressing injustices, notably highlighting Leonard Peltier, a member of the American Indian Movement who was convicted of murder in connection with the shooting deaths of two FBI special agents on the Pine Ridge Indian reservation in 1975 and whose two life sentences have been the subject of much debate. Rigo 23: Ripples Become Waves was the first presentation of the artist’s statue of Peltier after its contested removal from American University’s campus in early 2017.

Item Description:
"Between 1846 and 1873, California's Indian population plunged from perhaps 150,000 to 30,000. Benjamin Madley is the first historian to uncover the full extent of the slaughter, the involvement of state and federal officials, the taxpayer dollars that supported the violence, in-digenous resistance, who did the killing, and why the killings ended. This deeply researched book is a comprehensive and chilling history of an American genocide"

-An American Genocide: The United States and the California Indian Catastrophe / MD 1/13/2019

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