A Little Matter of Genocide
Holocaust and Denial in the Americas 1492 to the Present

Churchill, Ward
Publisher:  City Lights Publishers, San Francisco
Year Published:  2001   First Published:  1997
Pages:  531pp   ISBN:  9780872863231
Library of Congress Number:  E91.C47 1997   Dewey:  970.004/97
Resource Type:  Book
Cx Number:  CX15928

In this provocative collection of essays, Ward Churchill examines the definition of genocide -- in legal as well as cultural terms. Churchill reveals how the international definition of the crime of genocide has been subverted to meet various political ends -- and demonstrates why the historic and contemporary suffering of indigenous peoples should be included in this category.

Abstract:  Ward Churchill explores the history of holocaust and denial in this hemisphere, beginning with the arrival of Columbus and continuing on into the present.

He frames the matter by examining both "revisionist" denial of the nazi-perpatrated Holocaust and the opposing claim of its exclusive "uniqueness," using the full scope of what happened in Europe as a backdrop against which to demonstrate that genocide is precisely what has been-and still is-carried out against the American Indians.

Churchill lays bare the means by which many of these realities have remained hidden, how public understanding of this most monstrous of crimes has been subverted not only by its perpetrators and their beneficiaries but by the institutions and individuals who perceive advantages in the confusion. In particular, he outlines the reasons underlying the United States's 40-year refusal to ratify the Genocide Convention, as well as the implications of the attempt to exempt itself from compliance when it finally offered its "endorsement."

In conclusion, Churchill proposes a more adequate and coherent definition of the crime as a basis for identifying, punishing, and preventing genocidal practices, wherever and whenever they occur.