9780073406961

California: An Interpretive History

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    9780073406961

  • ISBN10:

    0073406961

  • Edition: 10th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2/9/2011
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education

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Summary

Now in its tenth edition, California: An Interpretive History provides an up-to-date and comprehensive survey of California's political and economic history, along with an account of its social and cultural affairs. First published 45 years ago, the text has become the standard in the field. The authors appraise the state's virtues and accomplishments, as well as its faults and failures. Original interpretations are offered of the major challenges faced by the nation's most populous and economically powerful state. The tenth edition places greater emphasis on issues of ethnicity and gender, adding new "voices" of the state's diverse peoples. Additional interpretive material focuses on a wide range of topics in recent California historythe collapse of the "housing bubble" and global recession, the ongoing structural deficit in state finances, the passage of landmark climate-change legislation, the end of the Schwarzenegger era, and the emergence of new leadership.

Table of Contents

Preface

Part One: California Beginnings

Chapter 1 Introduction: Geography and History

Chapter 2 The Original Californians

Chapter 3 European Exploration and Founding

Chapter 4 Outposts of a Dying Empire

Chapter 5 A Marginal Province of a Troubled Republic

Chapter 6 American Infiltration

Part Two: The Rush for Riches

Chapter 7 The American Conquest

Chapter 8 The Gold Rush and Economic Development

Chapter 9 A New State and Frontier Politics

Chapter 10 Crime and Punishment

Chapter 11 Racial Oppression and Conflict

Chapter 12 Culture and Anarchy

Part Three: The Railroad Era

Chapter 13 Building the Central Pacific Railroad

Chapter 14 The “Terrible Seventies”

Chapter 15 Political Turmoil and a New Constitution

Chapter 16 Economic Growth

Chapter 17 Culture and Oligarchy

Chapter 18 Politics in the Era of Railroad Domination

Part Four: Modernization and its Discontents

Chapter 19 Labor and Capital

Chapter 20 The Roots of Reform

Chapter 21 The Republican Progressives in Power

Chapter 22 The Triumph of Conservatism

Chapter 23 New Industries for Southern California

Chapter 24 Controversies over Land and Water

Part Five: The State and the Nation

Chapter 25 The Great Depression

Chapter 26 Cultural Trends

Chapter 27 Wartime Growth and Problems

Chapter 28 Politics California Style

Chapter 29 Industrialized Agriculture and Disorganized Labor

Chapter 30 Diversity and Conflict

Part Six: The Challenge of California

Chapter 31 A Season of Discontent

Chapter 32 Culture and Identity

Chapter 33 Recent California Politics

Chapter 34 The Environment and Energy

Chapter 35 The New California Economy

Chapter 36 Contemporary California Society

Index

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