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The Elusive Eden charts the historical development of California, beginning with landscape and climate and the development of Native cultures, and continues through the census of 2010 and the election of Jerry Brown to his third term as governor. It portrays a land of remarkable richness and complexity, settled by waves of people with diverse cultures from around the world. Organized in ten parts, each part develops a major theme or issue in the chronological development of the state. The first chapter in Parts II through IX is an in-depth narrative spotlight of an individual or group at a critical moment of change. In Parts I and X, the first chapter helps to place California's whole story in context.

For additional resources, please see co-author, Mary Ann Irwin's site:

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780073385563
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education
  • Publication date: 9/13/2011
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 736
  • Sales rank: 637,945
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard B. Rice received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in history from the University of California, Berkeley. He was a Staff Assistant to the President and Assistant to the Vice President of the University of California before going to California State University, Hayward, where he also served as a Department Chairman, Division Head, and Dean. He taught United States and California history at Hayward from 1960 to 1995, part of that time as an Emeritus Professor on a faculty early retirement program. He is also an associate of the Winthrop Associates, a cultural research firm, and operates a 300-acre farm in northeastern California.

William A. Bullough is a Professor Emeritus of History at California State University, Hayward. In 1970, he received his Ph.D. degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara, after teaching in the state’s public schools for ten years. He is the author of Cities and Schools in the Gilded Age: The Evolution of an Urban Institution (1974), The Blind Boss and His City: Christopher Augustine Buckley and Nineteenth-Century San Francisco (1979), and articles in The San Francisco Irish, 1850-1976, (James P. Walsh, ed., 1978), The Historian, Pacific Historical Review, and California History. Professor Bullough is an accomplished photographer who has published and exhibited his prints and written articles for Darkroom Photography and similar journals. He is currently engaged in an investigation of the work of several nineteenth-century photographers of California for use as historical documents and assembling a selection of his own images for publication.

Richard J. Orsi is an Emeritus Professor of History at California State University, Hayward. A graduate of Occidental College in Los Angeles, he received his doctorate from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He has published articles and book reviews in California History, Pacific Historian, Agricultural History, and The Journal of American History. He is the author of A List of References for the History of Agriculture in California (1974) and is nearing completion of another book, “A Railroad and the Development of the American West: The Southern Pacific Company, 1860-1930.” HE has received fellowships from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, the Huntington Library, and the Newberry Library. He is currently editor of California History, the quarterly of the California Historical Society. He also edited (with Alfred A. Runtle and Marlene Smith-Baranzini) Yosemite and Sequoia: A Century of California National Parks (1993).

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Table of Contents

List of Maps
Feature Essays
Pt. I Prologue
1 Californians and Their History: Myths and Realities 2
2 The Natural Setting 9
3 The Native Peoples 30
Pt. II Europeans and Indians: The California Experience
4 Estanislao's Rebellion, 1829 53
5 Explorers and Indians 69
6 Spanish California 86
Pt. III The Pastoral Era
7 The Bear Flag Revolt 113
8 Mexican California, 1821-1848 128
9 Foreign Penetration of California 148
Pt. IV Gold and the Americanization of California
10 Dame Shirley: A Yankee Lady in the California Mines 171
11 The New El Dorado 185
12 The Thirty-First State 205
Pt. V The Railroad Era
13 Confrontation at Mussel Slough, 1880 233
14 The Coming of the Railroad 255
15 California's Railway Era: Economic Development and Social Unrest 276
Pt. VI California and the Nation, 1880-1920
16 San Francisco's Blind Boss 315
17 Beginnings of Modern California 329
18 Progressive California 354
Pt. VII California Between the Wars, 1920-1940
19 Super Sister: Aimee Semple McPherson in Los Angeles 381
20 Prosperity and the Rise of Southern California 396
21 The Depression Decade 423
Pt. VIII World War II and Postwar Expansion
22 A Question of Loyalty 453
23 World War II: The Beginning of a New Era 471
24 Amazing Growth: California After World War II 488
Pt. IX The 1960s and After
25 Prologues to Violence: Genesis of a Ghetto 511
26 Dreams Deferred: The 1960s 527
27 Eras of Limits: Ronald Reagan, Jerry Brown, and After 548
Pt. X Environment and Society: Crisis in the Most Populous State
28 The Delta and the Peripheral Canal: California's Environmental Crisis in Microcosm 580
29 California: Eden or Wasteland? 600
30 California Confronts the New Millenium 630
Index 673
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