The Little-known Impact of the California Gold Rush

As white settlers moved to California, more and more of the Indigenous population were murdered, forced into an exploitative labor system, or removed from their homeland. Check out this mini-podcast (6:42) for more.


“Chapter 6: Defending the West 1840-1890.” First Peoples: a Documentary Survey of American Indian History, by Colin G. Calloway, sixth ed., Bedford/St. Martin’s, Macmillan Learning, 2019, pp. 310–312. 

Blakemore, Erin. “California’s Little-Known Genocide.”, A&E Television Networks, 16 Nov. 2017,

“Gold, Greed & Genocide.” International Indian Treaty Council,

Gold, Greed, Genocide Video Trafzer, Clifford E., and Michelle Lorimer. “Silencing California Indian Genocide in Social Studies Texts.” American Behavioral Scientist, vol. 58, no. 1, 2013, pp. 64–82., doi:10.1177/0002764213495032.