Jean Pfaelzer on California, a Slave State

New Books in History | 23 June 2023 | 0h 54m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Jean Pfaelzer about her book California, a Slave State. Discusses the history of slavery in California: Spanish invaders capturing Indigenous people to build the chain of Catholic missions; Russian otter hunters shipping enslaved Alaska native people to California; plantation slaves marched across the plains for the Gold Rush; kidnapped Chinese girls sold in caged brothels in early San Francisco; and today’s trade in humans lured by promises of jobs but instead imprisoned in sweatshops and remote marijuana grows or sold as nannies and sex workers.

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