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Let’s have a conversation about genocide

Here in California a story broke out a couple of weeks ago which sheds a bright light on a topic American historians have attempted to leave in the dark for far too long. A student of Native American origin in a local state college challenged her history instructor in a US history survey on the applicability of the term ‘genocide’ for the destruction of Native peoples in American history. It appears that the instructor introduced the term genocide in his lecture only to suggest that it was inapplicable—since it was not a product of a premeditated conspiracy and since most Read more