Taming the Elephant: Politics, Government, and Law in Pioneer California

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GORDON MORRIS BAKKEN is professor of history at California State University, Fullerton. Holder of both a law degree and a Ph. D. in history from the University of WisconsinMadison, Bakken has authored or edited more than a dozen books on legal history, U. S. western history, and California history, including The Development of Law in Frontier California (Greenwood, 1985), Practicing Law in Frontier California (University of Nebraska Press, 1991), and Learning California History (Harlan Davidson, 1999).

JOHN F. BURNS is history and social science consultant for the California Department of Education. For sixteen years he served as the State Archivist of California and was responsible for planning and building the new State Archives facility, Golden State Museum, and Constitution Wall in downtown Sacramento, and for creating the State Government Oral History Program. He has been adjunct professor in the Public History Program at California State University, Sacramento, and in the Library Science Program at San Jose State University. He has also been president of the National Association of Government Archives and Records Administrators, member of numerous local, state and national boards and commissions, and recipient of several awards, including the California Military History Medal. Recent publications include the history essay in Courthouses of California (Heyday Books and California Historical Society, 2001) and several articles as well as editing Sacramento: Gold Rush Legacy, Metropolitan Destiny (Heritage Media, 1999) and the California History– Social Science Standards issue of Social Studies Review (Spring/Summer 1999).

ROBERT J. CHANDLER received his doctorate in 1978 from the University of California, Riverside, for his dissertation “The Press and Civil Liberties in California during the Civil War, 1861–1865. Since then, he has been the senior researcher for Historical Services, Wells Fargo Bank. Bob Chandler has written forty articles on Wells Fargo and Civil War California. He is chairman of the Quarterly News-Letter committee of the Book Club of California, a member of the Roxburghe Club of San Francisco, and is in good standing with Yerba Buena no. 1, E Clampus Vitus.

JUDSON A. GRENIER is professor emeritus of history at California State University, Dominguez Hills, where he served as first chair of the history department. A graduate of UCLA, where he collaborated with George Mowry on a study of the muckraking movement of the


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