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Berkeley 1900, Daily Life At The Turn Of The Century
     

Berkeley 1900, Daily Life At The Turn Of The Century

by Richard Schwartz
 

Since its initial publication a decade ago, Berkeley 1900: Daily Life at the Turn of the Century

has captivated readers with its unprecedented blend of serious history, fascinating images and heartfelt storytelling. Its eyewitness accounts and unique views of Berkeley a hundred years past show how profoundly the landscape, culture, economy and social values

Overview

Since its initial publication a decade ago, Berkeley 1900: Daily Life at the Turn of the Century

has captivated readers with its unprecedented blend of serious history, fascinating images and heartfelt storytelling. Its eyewitness accounts and unique views of Berkeley a hundred years past show how profoundly the landscape, culture, economy and social values of modern Berkeley have been shaped by what came before. In this special tenth anniversary edition,

readers will discover a wealth of new source quotes and nearly 200 additional photos, making Berkeley 1900 more than ever the definitive account of a pivotal time in the life of one of America’s most beloved cities.

Berkeley 1900: Daily Life at the Turn of the Century, 2nd Edition,

By Richard Schwartz 8.5 x 11 inches; 330 pages; 320 images, Paperback

10th anniversary edition ISBN: 978-0967820446; $24.95, Published September 2009.

"In recent years, a complete interpretation of our past has come to be defined less in terms of famous people and momentous happenings and more through an examination of ordinary people and everyday events. In his 10th anniversary edition of "Berkeley 1900," Richard Schwartz displays once again a pure gift for taking this interpretation to new heights. From a stack of mouldy and disgarded "Berkeley Daily Gazette" newspapers, he has discovered unmined snippets of history to tell his story. He has rediscovered people and events long lost in the cracks of time. Each page is filled with charming, amusing, factual, poignent and always revealing articles showing how life was, how it has changed, and how it remains the same."

Mary Ellen Jones, UC Berkeley, Bancroft Library, retired

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
If Berkeley had the good sense of the Japanese to recognize outstanding citizens as national treasures, Richard Schwartz would get my vote. Professionally a building contractor, Schwartz somehow finds time to explore Berkeley's past via its newspapers, archives, and maps. He has returned from that forgeign land to self-publish gracefully written and handsome books filled with period illustrations of his discoveries. Those books not only reveal to us a place we thought we knew but are testimony to Schwartz's deep love for his adopted town. I am grateful for his generousity in sharing his wealth."
Dr. Gray Brechin, Historical Geographer, University of California, Berkeley

"It's so COOL! And fun to browse through. What an epic journey! I've been reading it tonight. So much scandal, blood and gore, Fires! I love it!"
The Milagro Bean Field War author John Nichols, (born in Berkeley) commenting upon reading Berkeley 1900
(The Milagro Bean Field War book was adapted into the film directed by Robert Redford)

The San Francisco Chronicle selected Berkeley 1900 as a Holiday Gift Book of the Year choice in 2000, "Fascinating," Regan McMahon, Chronicle staff

"You have done an awesome job creating your books...You are a superb example of a scholar publisher tradition that I have always aspired to!"
The Late Phil Wood, owner, Ten Speed Press

"Buy the book. It's a winner."
as reviewed in California Historian published by the Conference of California Historical Societies by Mary-Ellen Jones, The Bancroft Libray, Retired

Since its initial publication a decade ago, Berkeley 1900: Daily Life at the Turn of the Century

"By giving us the raw data with which the history of place is constructed, Richard Schwartz has revealed both a time and a town that some of us only thought we knew. Newspaper articles and advertisements, as well as vintage photographs, permit the reader to view Berkeley's past without the processing of an intermediary, and in doing so, the material reveals a country which is alternately more exotic and familiar than we could have imagined. Schwartz has aided the reader by organizing the material by subject and providing brief introductions, thus serving as a knowledgeable but unobtrusive guide through that landscape. This splendidly rich composition should serve as a model for other communities seeking to understand how they have developed and who they are." -- Dr. Gray Brechin, Historical Geographer, University of California, Berkeley

"Mr. Schwartz has put together a must read book for everyone who loves Berkeley. As we move into the Millennium, it is funny, sobering, and just plain interesting to read about daily events of life in Berkeley in 1900. There are lessons to be learned here, and stories to be told and retold." -- Mayor Shirley Dean of Berkeley

By giving us the raw data with which the history of place is constructed, Richard Schwartz has revealed both a time and a town that some of us only thought we knew. Newspaper articles and advertisements, as well as vintage photographs, permit the reader to view Berkeley's past without the processing of an intermediary, and in doing so, the material reveals a country which is alternately more exotic and familiar than we could have imagined. Schwartz has aided the reader by organizing the material by subject and providing brief introductions, thus serving as a knowledgeable but unobtrusive guide through that landscape. This splendidly rich composition should serve as a model for other communities seeking to understand how they have developed and who they are."
-- DR . GRAY BRECHIN, Historical Geographer, University of California, Berkeley; author of Imperial San Francisco: Urban Power, Earthly Ruin; Farewell, Promised Land: Waking from the California Dream; and Reclaiming San Francisco. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780967820446
Publisher:
RSB Books
Publication date:
09/01/2009
Edition description:
10th Anniversary Edition
Pages:
330
Product dimensions:
8.24(w) x 10.96(h) x 0.69(d)

What People are Saying About This

Gray Brechin
"If Berkeley had the good sense of the Japanese to recognize outstanding citizens as national treasures, Richard Schwartz would get my vote.
Professionally a building contractor, Schwartz somehow finds time to explore Berkeley's past via its newspapers, archives, and maps. He has returned from that forgeign land to self-publish gracefully written and handsome books filled with period illustrations of his discoveries. Those books not only reveal to us a place we thought we knew but are testimony to Schwartz's deep love for his adopted town. I am grateful for his generousity in sharing his wealth."--(Dr. Gray Brechin, Historical Geographer, University of California, Berkeley)
Charles Wallenberg
"A vivid picture...a fascinating, bottom-up view of Berkeley during the most important decade of its history."--(Dr. Charles Wallenberg, Professor of History, Vista College, Berkeley, California)

Meet the Author

Richard Schwartz grew up in Philadelphia, PA. While in college, he worked on a Pennsylvania Dutch farm. He came to Berkeley in 1973 after graduating with a degree in English literature from Temple University. In 1976, after spending a number of years teaching and playing jazz drums, Schwartz joined the U.S. Forest Service to fight forest fires. His curiosity and love of the mountains and the outdoors led him to his first book, The Circle of Stones.
This book is a nonfiction archeological mystery about who built a sixty-five foot in diameter stone circle in a Sierran valley near Truckee, California and why.

Schwartz has been involved in the construction trade since 1968 and has been a Berkeley building contractor since 1982 and through the present. His drum playing led him to Brazil to study and he returned to be the musical director for the drum and dance troupe Orixa Baba in 1992.

Richard has written history articles for the Alameda County Historical Society, the Berkeley Historical Society, the Truckee Historical Society and the Bay Area Rock Art Research Association (a petroglyph research association). He has given book readings for The Circle of Stones twice at the Berkeley Barnes and Noble, the Jack London Square Oakland Barnes and Noble and twice for the Truckee Historical Society. His work is also shown at Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble.com on the internet. He has been a bay area resident beginning in 1973.

In 1996, he was at the Berkeley Historical Society as they were about to throw away a stack of Berkeley newspapers circa 1900 due to possible mold in the editions. He couldn't imagine them getting thrown away, so he took them home. He didn't know itat the time, but that was the beginning of his next odyssey and book, Berkeley 1900, due to be released in late April, 2000.

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