The First One Hundred Years of Yankee California

The First One Hundred Years of Yankee California

The First One Hundred Years of Yankee California

The First One Hundred Years of Yankee California

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DR. EVANS, DISTINGUISHED GUESTS, FRIENDS FROM CALIFORNIA, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN: There has been of late a veritable rash of centennial celebrations in this country, for the fourth decade of the nineteenth century witnessed a fever of developments throughout the United States--none more provocative of significant historic events than those which accompanied the unfolding of what the politicians termed "manifest destiny," and none of more permanent import to the Nation than the seeking out by a large proportion of the American people of new homes, new vistas, and new prospects--mostly in the West. Of recent years, therefore, the Post Office Department has worked overtime to produce a colorful spatter of commemorative stamps, the Library of Congress has labored on a series of magnificent exhibits, and amateur orators by the dozen have dilated on the greatness of their chosen locales, eloquently expressing their unbounded personal gratification at being allowed to help celebrate a one-hundredth birthday party. I am only the seven hundred and ninety-third eager historical beaver so honored.

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