California and the Fictions of Capital

California and the Fictions of Capital

by George L. Henderson
     
 

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Between the frequently recounted events of the Gold Rush and the Great Depression stretches a period of California history that is equally crucial but less often acknowledged. In his fresh, synthetic consideration of these in-between years, George L. Henderson points specifically to the take-off of California's rural juggernaut between the 1880s and middle 1920s - the… See more details below

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Between the frequently recounted events of the Gold Rush and the Great Depression stretches a period of California history that is equally crucial but less often acknowledged. In his fresh, synthetic consideration of these in-between years, George L. Henderson points specifically to the take-off of California's rural juggernaut between the 1880s and middle 1920s - the upward spiral of city bids for country dollars and rural bids for urban investments. These decades were salve for mining's risky finances yet ground-work for the chaotic 1930s. Moreover, Henderson argues that much like the two important periods which framed it, this era produced a cultural and literary apparatus that attempted to grapple with capital's machinations, if only to legitimate them in the end. In part a tour of California as a virtual laboratory for refining the circulation of capital, and in part an investigation of how the state's literati, with rare exception, reconceived economy in the name of class, gender, and racial privilege, this study will appeal to all students and scholars of California's - and the American West's - economic, environmental, and cultural past.

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"Henderson's book is an intellectual foray into the relationships among capital investment, the productive use of agricultural land, and how these issues have fired the imagination of novelists in California history from 1870 to 1920....Students of the American West and California will find it worthwhile."—Choice

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ISBN-13:
9780195355215
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
12/31/1998
Series:
Commonwealth Center Studies in American Series
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Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
2 MB

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