California History

A quarterly historical journal that publishes scholarly articles dedicated to the study and promotion of all aspects of California and Western history, from pre-Columbian to modern times.

Articles from Vol. 83, No. 4, Spring

Arturo Tirado and the Teatro Azteca: Mexican Popular Culture in the Central San Joaquin Valley
Imagine going to a movie house in a small western town in the 1940s and 1950s and seeing Clark Gable, Cary Grant, and Katharine Hepburn performing live before packed audiences. Sounds incredible, but this was exactly the experience of many Mexican...
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Chaos Theory-A Drive-By Guide to Bay Area's Science Museums
The panoramic view from the new tower of the recently reopened de Young Museum in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park is the new "must-see" destination for every Bay Area visitor. My spouse and I were there to celebrate her birthday with her Austin-based...
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Chinese Immigrants, African Americans, and Racial Anxiety in the United States, 1848-82
CHINESE IMMIGRANTS, AFRICAN AMERICANS, AND RACIAL ANXIETY IN THE UNITED STATES, 1848-82 By Najia Aarim-Heriot (University of Illinois Press, Champaign, 2003, 291 pp., cloth, $39.95). What factors led to the passage of the 1882 Chinese Exclusion...
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Fig and Fog Hypnosis
Back in the early seventies I lived in Fresno for five years--five long years that seemed more like fifty. The dense, lush heaviness of the fig trees that bordered the Fresno State campus--with their huge leaves, knotted branches, and abundant fruit--cast...
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Governor Reagan: A Reappraisal
Today's Republicans seem devoted to a political apotheosis of Ronald Reagan. Determined to ensure that the "judgment of history" will rank him among the "greats," they react strongly to anyone challenging the standard assumption that Reagan demonstrated...
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The California Historical Society is deeply grateful to the following individual donors for their contributions received between June 1, 2005 and June 1, 2006: $10,000 AND ABOVE Mr. Darius Anderson, San Francisco Mr. Ted Balestreri, Monterey...
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Percy H. Steele, Jr., and the Urban League: Race Relations and the Struggle for Civil Rights in Post-World War II San Diego
"Colored people [in San Diego] are not allowed in restaurants, hotels, nor to drink soda water in drugstores, nor can they rent bathing suits at any bathing house or beach in this city," confided E. J. Gentry to James Weldon Johnson, national field...
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