On Saturday, October 19, 2019, Dr. Benjamin Madley gave a presentation at the Cascade Theater on the topic of his work An American Genocide: the United States and the California Indian Catastrophe.
Between 1846 and 1873, California’s Indian population plunged from perhaps 150,000 to 30,000. Dr. Madley is the first to uncover the full extent of the slaughter, the involvement of state and federal officials, indigenous resistance, who did the killing, the taxpayer dollars that supported it, and why the killings ended.
Dr. Madley's book received the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for History, the Raphael Lemkin Book Award from the Institute for the Study of Genocide, the Charles Redd Center / Phi Alpha Theta Award for the Best Book on the American West, the California Book Awards Gold Medal for Californiana, the Heyday Books History Award, and the Norman Neuerburg Award from the Historical Society of Southern California. It was also named a New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice, an Indian Country Today Hot List book, a Choice magazine Outstanding Academic Title, and a Caroline Bancroft History Prize Honor Book. True West Magazine named Madley the Best New Western Author of 2016.
Born in Redding, California, Benjamin Madley is associate professor of history at the University of California, Los Angeles. He focuses on Native America, the United States, and colonialism in world history. He holds a B.A., M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. from Yale University and an M.St. from Oxford University.