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Ep. 116 — California’s History of Slavery and Slave Revolts

In this episode of the Yale University Press Podcast, we talk with Jean Pfaelzer, author of California, a Slave State. California, a Slave State is a survey of the untold history of slavery and resistance in California, from the Spanish missions, indentured Native American ranch hands, Indian boarding schools, Black miners, kidnapped Chinese prostitutes, and convict laborers to victims of modern trafficking.

“This capacious book excavates California’s brutal history of multi-racial bondage. After reading it, we will never see the Golden State’s celebrated diversity—or the stories the nation tells itself about its racial past—in the same way.”—P. Gabrielle Foreman, The Colored Conventions Project

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