Racial Fault Lines: The Historical Origins of White Supremacy in California / Edition 2

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This book unravels the ethnic history of California since the late nineteenth-century Anglo-American conquest and the institutionalization of "white supremacy" in the state. Drawing from an array of primary and secondary sources, Tomás Almaguer weaves a detailed, disturbing portrait of ethnic, racial, and class relationships during this tumultuous time. A new preface looks at the invaluable contribution the book has made to our understanding of ethnicity and class in America and of the social construction of "race" in the Far West.
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A survey of the historical origins of the relationship between Anglos and Mexicans in California, and the differences in the 19th century historical experiences of the Mexican and the Indian, Chinese, and Japanese populations in the US. Examines attitudes such as manifest destiny and white supremacy, and discusses the class-specific nature of the Mexican encounter with European Americans, the federal government's policy of relocating California Indians, and anti-Chinese sentiment displaced on Japanese workers. Paper edition (unseen), $15.00. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520257863
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 12/30/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.94 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Meet the Author


Tomás Almaguer is Professor of Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 "We Desire Only a White Population in California": The Transformation of Mexican California in Historical-Sociological Perspective 17

Pt. 1 Racial Ambiguities, Class Realities, and "Half Civilized" Mexicans in Anglo California

2 "The True Significance of the Word 'White'" 45

3 "The Ravages of Time and the Intrusion of Modern American Civilization" 75

Pt. 2 White Civilization's Crusade Against the "Devils of the Forest"

4 "Before the March of Civilization He Must Give Way" 107

5 "Unfit and Incapable of Being Associated with Whites on Any Terms of Equality" 131

Pt. 3 Racialized Class Conflict and Asian Immigrants in Anglo California

6 "They Can Be Hired in Masses; They Can Be Managed and Controlled like Unthinking Slaves" 153

7 "In the Hands of People Whose Experience Has Been Only to Obey a Master Rather than Think and Manage for Themselves" 183

Epilogue 205

Notes 215

Bibliography 259

Index 275

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