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. 79, No. 4, Winter

Cadwalader Ringgold, U. S. Navy
Gold Rush Surveyor of San Francisco Bay and Waters to Sacramento, 1849-1850 By early summer of 1849, hundreds of ships were anchored in the harbor of San Francisco. Forty-niners were scrambling for available means of transportation to the gold region,...
Come Back, Tom Joad
Thoughts on a California Dreamer Steinbeck's Tom Joad lives." David Wyatt, from Five Fires [1] California fiction has its characteristic themes: redemption, hope, reinvention. In California letters, perpetual conscience bears inspirational...
Janet R. Fireman
In the previous issue of California History, we said good-bye and paid tribute to the magazine's long-time editor, Dr. Richard Orsi. Dick saw the publication through a somewhat rocky period in the history of the organization and managed to maintain...
Splendide Californie!: Selections by French Artists in California History, 1786-1900
Nineteenth-century California was not a destination for the faint of heart, given the uncertainties of sea travel and the difficulties of a land crossing through the enormous American wilderness. Yet many visitors from France made their way to the...
Taming the Wilderness Within
Order and Opportunity in Gold Rush Sacramento, 1849-1850 Early in May 1848, Edward Kemble, editor of the San Francisco California Star, journeyed to the foothills of the Sierra Nevada to investigate the stories of gold discoveries at Sutter's mill....