It Came from Berkeley

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The lively history of the all-American city that invented listener-sponsored radio, California cui-sine, the lie detector, the atom bomb, the wet suit, the hot tub, and yuppies; that pioneered independent living for disabled people, school integration, free speech, women's rights, the preservation of urban wild lands, modern-day crime fighting, and Prohibition; that commercialized LSD; that welcomed artists, dancers, poets, preachers, prophets, and homeless people; that supported both communists and socialists; that went from "the Athens of the Pacific" to the "People's Republic" . . .

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423602545
  • Publisher: Smith, Gibbs Publisher
  • Publication date: 9/10/2008
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 8.22 (w) x 11.14 (h) x 1.05 (d)

Meet the Author

Dave Weinstein, a native of Long Island, New York, received his undergraduate degree in art history at Columbia University in 1973, and then studied journalism at UC Berkeley. He has lived in the Bay Area for thirty years, and spent twenty years as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers. Dave has written two books, Signature Architects of the San Francisco Bay Area, and the text for a photo book Berkeley Rocks. He writes for the magazine CA Modern, and for four years has been writing a popular series of architect profiles for the San Francisco Chronicle.

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The Berkeley Courier suspected as much back in 1905. Under the headline "Erratics in Berkeley," the paper mused: "The records of the Police department show eleven cases of insanity in four months . . . This record is larger than the combined records of the rest of the county in the same time. Can it be that this educational center affects its residents this way? Some say that it would have been an easy thing to have more than doubled the record."

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Table of Contents

Introduction: How Berkeley Changed the World 8

How Berkeley Was Born 18

How Berkeley Took to the Hills 20

How Berkeley Remembered Its Spanish Heritage: José Domingo Peralta 24

How Berkeley Freed Its Slaves: Napoleon Bonaparte Byrne 26

How Berkeley Founded a University 29

How Berkeley Developed a Cow Town 33

How Berkeley's University Students Got the Spirit 35

How Berkeley's Coeds Doffed Their Hats 38

How Berkeley Communicated by Sign: The School for the Deaf and Blind 41

How Berkeley Entertained a Resort: M. B. Curtis 43

How Berkeley Got Religion 47

How Berkeley Developed Its Personality 50

How Berkeley Became Bohemian 52

How Berkeley Donned Tunics: Florence Treadwell Boynton 57

How Berkeley Revealed Nature's Spirit: William Keith 59

How Berkeley Promoted the Good Life: Charles Keeler 62

How Berkeley Developed Its Look: Bernard Maybeck 66

How Berkeley's University Cultivated a Beautiful Campus 72

How Berkeley Founded National Parks 76

How Berkeley Became Asian 83

How Berkeley Created a Great University 85

How Berkeley Went Dry 88

How Berkeley Boomed 90

How Berkeley Pioneered Modern Crime Fighting 93

How Berkeley Pioneered Women's Rights 96

How Berkeley Trod the Boards: Sam Hume 98

How Berkeley Went Socialist: Mayor J. Stitt Wilson 102

How Berkeley Caught the Flu 104

How Berkeley Burned 106

How Berkeley Won the Big Game 109

How Berkeley Seemed Ideal 112

How Berkeley Spurned Spanking 114

How Berkeley Invented Regional Parks 117

How Berkeley's University Howled for Sproul 121

How Berkeley Cooperated 123

How Berkeley Fought World War II 125

How Berkeley's Japanese Persevered through Adversity 129

How Berkeley Invented the Bomb 132

How Berkeley Challenged the Establishment 136

How Berkeley Invented Listener-Sponsored Radio 138

How Berkeley Swore an Oath 140

How Berkeley Broke the Racial Barrier 142

How Berkeley Pioneered School Integration 147

How Berkeley Promoted Free Speech 151

How Berkeley Rescued the Bay 154

How Berkeley Preserved Its Neighborhoods 156

How Berkeley Became the People's Republic 161

How Berkeley Erupted 166

How Berkeley Went "Berserkeley" 169

How Berkeley's Telegraph Avenue Suffered 172

How Berkeley Battled for a Park 175

How Berkeley Got Good Taste 179

How Berkeley Invented the Hot Tub 181

How Berkeley Found Its Sound 182

How Berkeley Discovered Yuppies 186

How Berkeley Invented Disability Rights 186

How Berkeley Women Grew Uppity 190

How Berkeley's Gays Held Hands 192

How Berkeley Indians Rallied 'Round Their Sacred Ground 194

How Berkeley Turned Green 199

How Berkeley Worried 202

Notes 204

Bibliography 216

Index 219

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