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The Indians of Southern California in 1852: The B.D. Wilson Report and a Selection of Contemporary Comment

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Benjamin Davis Wilson was one of the first American settlers in Southern California. He became a prosperous rancher and the mayor of little Los Angeles. A special friend of the Indians of Southern California, Wilson was appointed their subagent in 1852, when the Indians were on the edge of catastrophe, their population reduced by two-thirds within a generation. Wilsons great contribution, the one he wished to be remembered for, was to appraise the problems of these Indians and urge their settlement on land set aside for them. His report (published in the Los Angeles Star in 1868) was instrumental in creating the reservation system.
 
The Indians of Southern California in 1852 was inspired by Wilsons desire “to secure peace and justice to the Indians.” He recognized his duty to guard against Indian raids on the ranchos and settlements while establishing policies that ensured the future welfare of Indians suffering from the breakdown of the old mission program. Besides the influential Wilson report, this volume contains vivid descriptions of life in the so-called Cow Counties of Southern California at mid-nineteenth century. Also included are excerpts from contemporary newspapers.

About the Author

The editor, John Walton Caughey, is the author of Gold Is the Cornerstone and California.
 
Albert L. Hurtado is an associate professor of history at Arizona State University and the author of Indian Survival on the California Frontier.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780803297760
Editor:
Caughey, John Walton
Introduction:
Hurtado, Albert L.
Editor:
Caughey, John Walton
Author:
Wilson, B. D.
Author:
Caughey, John Walton
Author:
Hurtado, Albert L.
Publisher:
Bison Books
Location:
Lincoln :
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Indians of north america
Subject:
Civil Rights
Subject:
Native American
Subject:
Indian reservations
Subject:
Indian reservations -- California.
Subject:
Political Freedom & Security - Civil Rights
Subject:
Indians of North America -- California.
Edition Number:
Bison Books ed.
Edition Description:
Bison Books
Series Volume:
no. 1191
Publication Date:
19950901
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
154
Dimensions:
8 x 5.25 in 0.47 lb

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