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ENGWR 302 (Olsen)

ENGWR 302 (Olsen)


Racist Statue Removal - Nationwide

John Augustus Sutter lived during the era of Manifest Destiny, the Mexican-American War, the Bear Flag Revolt, the Gold Rush, and ongoing genocide of indigenous peoples. There are many ways to approach a study of his life, actions, and impact on California history.

In the same way, our current assessment of Sutter is part of a broader context. Sometimes you will not find an article or book specifically addressing de-Suttering Sacramento, but you will find similar stories across the United States that you can apply to your assessment of this topic.

Sutter Statue Removal - Sacramento

Books - general background on Sutter's era

It's worth noting that some biographies/historical books on or about Sutter, the gold rush, and gold rush era Sacramento, are probably written from a colonizer's lens. Be wary of books or articles that celebrate Sutter without exploring the rape and murder of indigenous peoples.