California: An Interpretive History / Edition 7

California: An Interpretive History / Edition 7

by Walton Bean, James J. Rawls

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ISBN-10: 0070524114

ISBN-13: 9780070524118

Pub. Date: 06/01/1997

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The

The best selling text in California History today, James Rawls’ comprehensive, interpretive approach has engaged professors and students in discussion and analysis of the most populous and economically powerful state in the U.S. for over 30 years. Abundant graphics, maps, and photos bring California history alive for the student. This thoroughly updated ninth


The best selling text in California History today, James Rawls’ comprehensive, interpretive approach has engaged professors and students in discussion and analysis of the most populous and economically powerful state in the U.S. for over 30 years. Abundant graphics, maps, and photos bring California history alive for the student. This thoroughly updated ninth edition features a new six-part structure, placing the book’s thirty-six shorter chapters within the framework of larger, overarching themes.

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Table of Contents


Part One: California Beginnings

Chapter 1 Introduction: Geography and History
The Origins of California
Regional Diversity
The Climates of California

Chapter 2 The Original Californians
Food and Population
Aspects of Material Culture
Location, Linguistic Groups, Tribes
Social Culture

Chapter 3 Discovery, Exploration, and Founding
The Finding and Naming of California
Cabrillo and the Discovery of Alta California
Francis Drake and Nova Albion
The Manila Galleon and the California Coast
Vizcaino and Monterey
Spain’s Indian Policies
The Mission as a Frontier Institution
Galvez and the Plan for Alta California
The Franciscans and Father Serra
The Sacred Expedition

Chapter 4 Outposts of a Dying Empire
Bucareli, Anza, and the Founding of San Francisco
Neve and the Pueblos of San Jose and Los Angeles
Native Resistance
The Impact of the Missions
Attempts at Reinforcement
Exploration of the Central Valley
The Coming of the Russians
The Last Years Under the Spanish Flag

Chapter 5 A Marginal Province of a Troubled Republic
Government and Politics in Theory and Practice
The Secularization Problem
From Echeandia to Figueroa
Figueroa and Secularization
Alvarado and Provincial Autonomy
The Heyday of the Rancheros

Chapter 6 American Infiltration: Trader, Trappers, and Settlers
The Yankee Traders
The Beaver Trappers
Early Settlers
Covered Wagons, 1841-1846

Part Two: The Rush for Riches

Chapter 7 The American Conquest
Overtures, Diplomatic and Undiplomatic
Plans of the Polk Administration
John Charles Fremont
The Bear Flag Revolt
The Mexican War and California

Chapter 8 The Gold Rush and Economic Development
Marshall’s Discovery at Sutter’s Mill
The Forty-Eighters
The Forty-Niners
The Diggings
Early Mining Methods
Mining Camp Law
From an Adventure to a Profession
An Economic Multiplier
The Historical Significance of the Gold Rush

Chapter 9 A New State and Frontier Politics
Military Governments
The Constitutional Convention and Its Problems
The First Legislature
The Admission of California to the Union
The Feud Between Broderick and Gwin
Movements for State Division
California and the Civil War

Chapter 10 Crime and Punishment
The Nature of Vigilantism
The Hounds in San Francisco
The San Francisco Committee of 1851
Statewide Vigilance
The San Francisco Committee of 1856

Chapter 11 Racial Oppression and Conflict
Treatment of Mexican Miners
Land-Title Troubles
The Act of 1851 and the Land Commission
Early Discrimination Against the Chinese
The “Indian Question”
Episodes in Extermination
Decline and Exploitation
Blacks Enslaved and Free

Chapter 12 Culture and Anarchy
Newspapers and Literary Magazines
Writers of the Fifties
Bret Harte
Mark Twain
Joaquin Miller
Churches and Schools

Part Three: The Railroad Era

Chapter 13 Building the Central Pacific Railroad
Early Transportation
Judah and the Conception of the Central Pacific
Enter the Four “Associates”
Federal and State Support
Difficulties and the Death of Judah
Solving the Problems of Construction

Chapter 14 The “Terrible Seventies”
The Onset of Depression
Transportation Monopoly
Land Monopoly
The Comstock and Overspeculation

Chapter 15 Political Turmoil and a New Constitution
The Increase of Anti-Chinese Sentiment
The Workingmen’s Party of California
The Constitution of 1879
The Frustration of Reform
Chinese ExclWorkingmen’sregation

Chapter 16 Economic Growth
The Wheat Bonanza
The Citrus Industry
The Rise of Southern California
Water and Land
Electric Railways and Urbanization

Chapter 17 Culture and Oligarchy
Henry George
Ambrose Bierce
Frank Norris
Jack London
Hubert Howe Bancroft
Lords of the Press
The Arts and Architecture
Schools, Colleges, and Universities

Chapter 18 Politics in the Era of Railroad Domination
The Colton Letters
The Huntington-Stanford Feud
Los Angeles Fights for a Free Harbor
The Funding Bill
The Southern Pacific Machine
William F. Herrin
Failure of Nineteenth-Century Reform Movements

Part Four: Modernization and its Discontents

Chapter 19 Labor and Capital
Backgrounds of the California Labor Movement
The Rise of Unions in San Francisco
Triumph of the Open Shop in Los Angeles
Agricultural Labor: Unorganized and Disfranchised

Chapter 20 The Roots of Reform
Boss Ruef and the Union Labor Party
The San Francisco Graft Prosecution
The Good Government Movement in Los Angeles
The Lincoln-Roosevelt League

Chapter 21 The Republican Progressives in Power
Public Utility Regulation
Governmental Efficiency and Finance
More Democracy
Nonpartisanship and Cross-Filing
Woman Suffrage
Public Morals
The Progressives and Labor
The Anti-Japanese Movement
The Decline of Progressivism

Chapter 22 The Triumph of Conservatism
Rise and Fall of the Socialist Movement
The Mooney Case
The Criminal Syndicalism Law
Decline of Organized Labor
Collapse of the Democratic Party
The Continuing Decline of Republican Progressivism
The “Federal Plan” of Reapportionment

Chapter 23 New Industries for Southern California
Origins of the Oil Industry
The Oil Boom of the Twenties
The Automobile Revolution
The Movies Discover California
Rise of “The Industry”

Chapter 24 Controversies over Land and Water
The Yosemite and John Muir
The Hetch Hetchy Controversy
The Owens Valley-Los Angeles Aqueduct
The Boulder Canyon Project
The Colorado River Aqueduct
The Central Valley Project
The 160-Acre Limit

Part Five: The State and the Nation

Chapter 25 The Great Depression
“Sunny Jim”
Social Messiahs
Depression and Deportation
Labor Strife
Upton Sinclair and EPIC
From Merriam to Olson

Chapter 26 Cultural Trends
Robinson Jeffers
John Steinbeck
William Saroyan and Other Writers
William Randolph Hearst and Other Journalists
The Arts

Chapter 27 Wartime Growth and Problems
The Impact of Federal Spending
Wartime shipyards
“Americans All”
Rise of the Aircraft Industry
The Relocation of the Japanese Americans
Chapter 28 Politics California Style
Nonpartisanship Favors the Republicans
Filling the Void
The Governorship of Earl Warren
The Spurious Issue of “Loyalty”
The Governorship of Edmund G. Brown
Extremists, Right and Left

Chapter 29 Industrialized Agriculture and Disorganized Labor Green Gold
The Empire of Agribusiness
“Farm Fascism” in the 1930s
The Rise and Fall of the Bracero Program
Unionization Breaks Through
Equal Protection of the Laws

Chapter 30 Diversity and Conflict
California Indians
African Americans

Part Six: The Challenge of California

Chapter 31 A Season of Discontent
The Growth Rate: Peak and Slowdown
Campus Turmoil
The Hippie Movement
Black Radicalism
The Decline of Radicalism

Chapter 32 Culture and Identity
Painting and Sculpture

Chapter 33 Recent California Politics
The Conservative Revival
The Era of Limits and Beyond
The Politics of Resentment
The Perils of Moderation
The Politics of Personality

Chapter 34 The Environment and Energy
Regional Protection
Growth Control
Air Pollution
Water Resources
Pesticides and Toxic Wastes
Renewable Energy
Nuclear Power
Petroleum Dependency
The Electric Energy Crisis

Chapter 35 The New California Economy
The Sunbelt Shift
The Pacific Rim
The Post-Industrialism
High Technology
The Internet Revolution
The Arsenal of America

Chapter 36 Contemporary California Society
Health Care
Criminal Justice
The New Californians


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