Document Type

Thesis

Publication Date

2012

Abstract

This honors thesis analyzes the displacement and subjugation of indigenous populations following the discovery of valuable minerals in California and South Africa. The 1848 discovery of gold in California, coupled with the 1867 discovery of diamonds and 1884 discovery of gold in South Africa offers two models in which justification for indigenous population exploitation for labor and land dispossession was crafted through the ideology of racial "difference."

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