The eighth edition of California: A History covers the entire scope of the history of the Golden State, from before first contact with Europeans through the present; an accessible and compelling narrative that comprises the stories of the many diverse peoples who have called, and currently do call, California home. Explores the latest developments relating to California’s immigration, energy, environment, and transportation concerns Features concise chapters and a narrative approach along with numerous maps, photographs, and new graphic features to facilitate student comprehension Offers illuminating insights into the significant events and people that shaped the lengthy and complex history of a state that has become synonymous with the American dream Includes discussion of recent – and uniquely Californian – social trends connecting Hollywood, social media, and Silicon Valley – and most recently "Silicon Beach"
List of Illustrations vii Preface xi Chapter 1 California’s Distinctiveness 1 Chapter 2 The Native Americans 9 Chapter 3 Exploring Baja and Alta California 21 Chapter 4 Colonizers of the Frontier 32 Chapter 5 Missions, Presidios, and Pueblos 40 Chapter 6 California and Its Spanish Governors 47 Chapter 7 Exploration and Foreign Interference 51 Chapter 8 Arcadia 58 Chapter 9 Mexican California 65 Chapter 10 Infiltration and Revolt 73 Chapter 11 On the Eve of American Rule 79 Chapter 12 Trappers, Traders, and Homeseekers 85 Chapter 13 American Conquest 98 Chapter 14 Gold 107 Chapter 15 Approaches to Statehood 120 Chapter 16 Social Ferment 125 Chapter 17 A New Culture at the Golden Gate 133 Chapter 18 Post-Gold Rush Commerce 141 Chapter 19 The Messy Land Problem 150 Chapter 20 California and the Union 156 Chapter 21 Ships and Rails 165 Chapter 22 Agricultural and Urban Growth 171 Chapter 23 Discrimination and Accommodation 182 Chapter 24 Crushing or Saving the Indians? 191 Chapter 25 Labor, the Farmers, and the New Constitution 202 Chapter 26 California Culture, 1870–1918 207 Chapter 27 Progressive Politics 221 Chapter 28 Material Urban Growth 232 Chapter 29 Water, Conservation, and Agriculture 245 Chapter 30 Labor in an Industrial Age 254 Chapter 31 The Depression Years 261 Chapter 32 Twentieth-Century Culture 273 Chapter 33 Sports and Leisure 293 Chapter 34 Wartime Setbacks and Gains 301 Chapter 35 World War II and Its Aftermath 310 Chapter 36 The Beleaguered Sixties 322 Chapter 37 Environmental Realities 333 Chapter 38 From Reagan Conservatism to “Governor Moonbeam” 347 Chapter 39 A New Ethnicity 354 Chapter 40 From the Great Recession to the Rise of Silicon Beach 363 Chapter 41 Glowing Past Versus Troubled Future 369 Appendix The Governors of California 380 Index of Authors in Selected Readings 386 Subject Index 399
Andrew Rolle is the Cleland Professor Emeritus of History at Occidental College and a Research Scholar at the Huntington Library. He has written more than twenty books on California, the American West, ethics, and psychohistory. One of his books, The Immigrant Upraised (University of Oklahoma, 1970), won the Commonwealth Award for nonfiction. Arthur C. Verge is Professor of History at El Camino College, Torrance, where he was the recipient of the Distinguished Scholar Award. He has written extensively on California culture. Among his works is Paradise Transformed: Los Angeles During the Second World War (Kendall Hunt, 2001).
With its reputation already established as the most accessible and engaging California survey text currently on the market, the new eighth edition of California: A History brings the history of the Golden State completely up to date – from its original inhabitants through the present. Along with updates, revisions, and expanded coverage of numerous issues that have shaped California’s past, this new edition features a revealing discussion of a recent – and uniquely Californian – social trend the authors call “Silicon Beach,” or the important interconnectedness among Hollywood, social media, and Silicon Valley. Also covered are recent developments relating to California’s immigration, energy, environment, and transportation concerns. Numerous maps, photographs, and new graphic features serve to enhance clarity and ensure that this classic text remains vibrant and topical. California: A History offers illuminating insights into the full sweep of significant events and peoples that shaped the lengthy and complex history of a state that has become synonymous with the American dream.
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