California: An Interpretive History / Edition 7

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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780070524118
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 6/1/1997
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 600
  • Product dimensions: 6.33 (w) x 9.18 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Meet the Author

Rawls received his M.A. and Ph.D. in history from the University of California, Berkeley. He serves as an editor of California History, the journal of the California Historical Society. He has published many articles and reviews that have appeared in Journal of American History, Pacific Historical Reviews, and American Indian Quarterly.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Introduction: Geography and History 1
Ch. 2 The Original Californians 3
Ch. 3 Discovery, Exploration, and Founding 11
Ch. 4 Outposts of a Dying Empire 29
Ch. 5 A Marginal Province of a Troubled Republic 45
Ch. 6 American Infiltration: Traders, Trappers, and Settlers 57
Ch. 7 The American Conquest 69
Ch. 8 The Gold Rush 82
Ch. 9 A New State and Frontier Politics 96
Ch. 10 Crime and Punishment 109
Ch. 11 Racial Oppression and Economic Conflict 120
Ch. 12 Culture and Anarchy 136
Ch. 13 A Frontier Economy 146
Ch. 14 Building the Central Pacific Railroad 155
Ch. 15 The "Terrible Seventies" 165
Ch. 16 Political Turmoil and a New Constitution 177
Ch. 17 Economic Growth 187
Ch. 18 Culture and Oligarchy 200
Ch. 19 Politics in the Era of Railroad Domination 217
Ch. 20 Labor and Capital 228
Ch. 21 The Roots of Reform 240
Ch. 22 The Republican Progressives in Power 252
Ch. 23 The Triumph of Conservatism 267
Ch. 24 New Industries for Southern California 279
Ch. 25 Controversies over Land and Water 293
Ch. 26 The Great Depression 308
Ch. 27 Cultural Trends 320
Ch. 28 Wartime Growth and Problems 334
Ch. 29 Politics California Style 347
Ch. 30 Industrialized Agriculture and Disorganized Labor 364
Ch. 31 Diversity and Conflict 377
Ch. 32 A Season of Discontent 397
Ch. 33 Contemporary California Culture 414
Ch. 34 Recent California Politics 432
Ch. 35 The Environment and Energy 457
Ch. 36 An Advanced Industrial Economy 475
Ch. 37 The New California Society 495
Author Index 515
Subject Index 524
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2004

    The Voice of Authority

    This is a terrific survey of the seminal events and issues that collectively constitute the history of this great state. The first edition was a truly fine work, and this one is equally fine, taking the story forward with the same authoritative and comprehensive approach of the original.

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