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. 80, No. 4, Winter

Teaching-And Learning From-Carey McWilliams
It's easy to arrive at the subject of Carey McWilliams and enter into a pure love-fest, ending with a blanket endorsement. (1) Though his legacy, especially to historians of the American West, is well established, many non-Westerners and many non-historians...
The City on the Hill: Temperance, Race, and Class in Turn-of-the-Century Pasadena
It was clear and cold the morning of December 9, 1886, as Amy Bridges, a young, precocious college girl from a wealthy New England family, rushed to the station to catch the westbound train to Chicago. Nearly two dozen sorority sisters came to see...
Winston S. Churchill in California
British statesman Winston S. Churchill (1874-1965), the World War II leader who inspired his land's "finest hour," spent about three weeks in California during September 1929. Although he had visited North America before, and would do so again, this...
Your Town: Behold the View
From the southern ridge of the Marin headlands staring across the glowing red arches of the Golden Gate to the rolling, caterpillar avenues of San Francisco's Richmond district, or from a window seat in a 747 gliding into LAX over the miles and miles...