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

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2008-12-30
  • Publisher: Univ of California Pr

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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, Tomaacute;s 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.

Author Biography

Tomas Almaguer is Professor of Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University.

Table of Contents

Preface to the 2009 Editionp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
"We Desire Only a White Population in California": The Transformation of Mexican California in Historical-Sociological Perspectivep. 17
Racial Ambiguities, Class Realities, and "Half Civilized" Mexicans in Anglo California
"The True Significance of the Word 'White'"p. 45
"The Ravages of Time and the Intrusion of Modern American Civilization"p. 75
White Civilization's Crusade Against the "Devils of the Forest"
"Before the March of Civilization He Must Give Way"p. 107
"Unfit and Incapable of Being Associated with Whites on Any Terms of Equality"p. 131
Racialized Class Conflict and Asian Immigrants in Anglo California
"They Can Be Hired in Masses; They Can Be Managed and Controlled like Unthinking Slaves"p. 153
"In the Hands of People Whose Experience Has Been Only to Obey a Master Rather than Think and Manage for Themselves"p. 183
Epiloguep. 205
Notesp. 215
Bibliographyp. 259
Indexp. 275
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