Indigenous peoples and the California gold rush: labour, violence and contention in the formation of a settler colonial state

  title={Indigenous peoples and the California gold rush: labour, violence and contention in the formation of a settler colonial state},
  author={Andrew Shaler},
  journal={Postcolonial Studies},
  pages={79 - 98}
ABSTRACT The California gold rush era is most often remembered for the thousands of immigrants who traversed oceans and continents for a chance at quick wealth. Often lost in these narratives are the rich and diverse histories of Indigenous people who actively participated in, and were deeply affected by, the events of the gold rush. California’s tribal peoples adapted and endured as thousands of non-Native prospectors travelled over and occupied their ancestral territories, devastating their… Expand
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