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"Exterminate Them": Written Accounts of the Murder, Rape, and Slavery of…

by Clifford E. Trafzer

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A good collection of newspaper clippings related to the war of annihilation waged by Americans against the native peoples of California. My only complaints are that the title is somewhat misleading, as most of the accounts are only tangentially related to the subheading.

My other issue was the overzealous and awkward editing. About half the time errors are marked with "sic", the editors are the ones in error. Just as a few examples, they mark in error "defence" and "organised" (both British English spellings), "forray" and "despatched" (both acceptable alternative spellings), and even "extinguishment", which is correctly spelled and current American English. At another time, they mark a line "toge [sic] her", when the context makes it clear they meant to write "together". So either the sic should have come in the end, or there was a mistake in the transcription from the microfilm.
They also make the mistake of including one of the articles in two separate sections.

But on all the editing does not detract much from the overall work, which does a better job telling the history the Gold Rush than any history textbook you'll come across. ( )
  owen1218 | Mar 4, 2011 |
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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."

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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.… (more)

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