Gold Greed Genocide
Late 20th - Early 21st Century
17.00 in HIGH x 22.00 in WIDE
(43.18 cm HIGH x 55.88 cm WIDE)
All Of Us Or None Archive. Gift of the Rossman Family.

Poster has brown borders on the left and right, triangular pattern borders on the top and bottom. Middle of the poster is a painting of Miners digging for gold. In the middle is a large hole in the ground. To the right is a man panning for gold. Underneath him is a large holding a pile of gold and a gold skull ring. At the bottom is a red tractor with four scoopers. To the left are two women working in a field. Top left has three Native American Indians , one is fishing and the other two are working in a field. At the top is a scene of a village. Left side of poster has: "Gold / Greed / Genocide / Over 150,000 Native Americans / Lived sustainably in California prior / to the gold rush. They had existed / for many centuries, supporting / themselves mostly by hunting / gathering and fishing.This life / changed drastically in 1848 when / James Marshall discovered the / yellow metal in the American / River at Coloma, in Northern / California. By 1870, there was an / estimated native population of only / 31,000 California Indians left. / Over 60 percent of these / indigenous people died from / disease introduced by hundreds / of thousands of so-called / 49ers. However, local tribes / were also systematically / chased off their lands, marched / to missions and reservations, / enslaved and brutally massacred." This is followed by more information about the painting and the artist.
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