Digger

Digger

The Tragic Fate of the California Indians From the Missions to the Gold Rush

Book - 1997
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From the award-winning author of Children of the Dustbowl comes a
sobering look at two of the most frequently romanticized events in American
history. For the native peoples of California, the period from 1769, when the
first Spanish Mission was founded, to the 1850s, when the Gold Rush was at its
height, was one of terrible violence and destruction. First, Spanish priests
and soldiers sought to convert the Indians to Christianity and a civilized
way of life. Yet for the Indians the story of the missions was one of hunger,
disease, rebellion, and death. Then, during the Gold Rush, Indians were
frequently kidnapped, murdered, and sold into slavery by white settlers. By the
end of the nineteenth century, the surviving California Indians had been forced
onto reservations and their way of life had been largely destroyed. With maps,
a timeline, and glossaries on California's Indian tribes and mission history,
Jerry Stanley tells the story of modern California from the poignant
perspective of the Native American.
Publisher: New York : Crown Publishers, 1997.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780517709528
051770952X
Branch Call Number: 979.401/STANLEY
Characteristics: 103 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.

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