A Companion to California History by William Deverell, David Igler

By William Deverell, David Igler

This quantity of unique essays by means of best students is an cutting edge, thorough advent to the historical past and tradition of California.

  • Includes 30 essays via prime students within the field
  • Essays variety largely throughout views, together with political, social, financial, and environmental history
  • Essays with comparable methods are paired and grouped to paintings as person items and as partners to one another in the course of the text
  • Produced in organization with the Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West

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Prussian-born Harris Newmark, who was 19 when he came to somnambulant Los Angeles in 1853 and who learned Spanish before he learned English in order to run his store, almost alone recorded the city’s commonplaces in the pre- and post-Civil War period. ) By contrast, scores of energetic letter writers and journal keepers give the historian an almost cinematic view of life and manners in the diggings, making the Gold Rush one of the most written-about episodes (save for the Civil War) in American history.

Some of them start crying,” Pai told me, “not just crying, but howling, you know? ” For the first generation, the costs of immigration are high. The New Year’s festival in Fresno that first brought Pai Yang and her family to the city is the largest festival of its kind, attracting thousands of Hmong from around the country and the world. This week-long celebration of their traditional music, food, and dance not only brings the Hmong community together, it serves as an occasion for strengthening connections with the rest of Fresno.

The histories we tell about the places in which we live have a shaping power over those places. If you had stood on a levee overlooking the Los Angeles River on any summer day in the last 30 years, anywhere below the sharp loop the river makes at the industrial city of Vernon, when the only thing stirring on the flat waste of riverbed concrete is the reclaimed waste water running in the “low flow” slot down the middle of the channel, skepticism surely would have triumphed over any hope that meaning still clings to so many miles of glaring whiteness.

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