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. 89, No. 2, Spring

Between the Lines
People can read or study the same material or witness the same event but emerge with radically distinct interpretations. Reading between the lines denotes perceiving or detecting an unexpressed meaning. In this issue, Alex Wagner Lough's essay, "Henry...
California Women and Politics: From the Gold Rush to the Great Depression
CALIFORNIA WOMEN AND POLITICS: FROM THE GOLD RUSH TO THE GREAT DEPRESSION Edited by Robert W. Cherny, Mary Ann Irwin, and Ann Mar/e Wilson (Lincoln and London: University of Nebraska Press, 2011, 424 pp., $40.00 paper) EARNING...
Donors
The California Historical Society is deeply grateful to the following individuals, corporations, foundations, and government and business organizations for their contributions. INDIVIDUALS $10,000 and above Anonymous Mr. Stephen LeSieur,...
False Accusations: Herbert Bolton, Jews, and the Loyalty Oath at Berkeley, 1920-1950
Three themes are woven through this essay: anti-Semitism, false accusations, and the corruption of the historical record that is often ambiguous and subject to multiple interpretations. Herbert E. Bolton is a key figure in this story because he has...
Grave Matters: Excavating California's Buried Past
GRAVE MATTERS: EXCAVATING CALIFORNIA'S BURIED PAST By Tony Platt (Berkeley, CA: Heyday Press, 2011, 256 pp., $18.95 paper) AN ARCHAEOLOGY OF DESPERATION: EXPLORING THE DONNER PARTY'S ALDER CREEK CAMP Edited by Kelly...
Henry George, Frederick Jackson Turner, and the "Closing" of the American Frontier
Henry George and Frederick Jackson Turner launched their public careers amid economic panic and widespread fear about America's future. The world had barely emerged from the Long Depression of the 1870s when, in 1879, George declared that private property...
Images of the Pacific Rim: Australia & California 1850-1935
IMAGES OF THE PACIFIC RIM: AUSTRALIA & CALIFORNIA 1850-1935 By Erika Esau (Sydney, Australia: Power Publications, 2010, 368 pp., $59.95 paper) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] ERIKA ESAU, with her magisterial Images of the Pacific Rim:...
Manzanar in 1973
I discovered Manzanar in 1972. Reading this today, one might assume I mean "discover" only in the sense of my own initial trip to a well-known spot, like a first visit to Gettysburg or the Grand Canyon. But in the early 1970s, and for a quarter...
Ten Years That Shook the City: San Francisco 1968-1978
TEN YEARS THAT SHOOK THE CITY: SAN FRANCISCO 1968-1978 Edited by Chris Carlsson (San Francisco: City Lights Books, 2011, 344 pp., $18.95 paper) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] TEN YEARS THAT SHOOK THE CITY is a collection of mythical articles...
The Left Coast: California on the Edge
THE LEFT COAST: CALIFORNIA ON THE EDGE By Philip L. Fradkin and Alex L. Fradkin (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2011, 126 pp., $29.95 paper) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] PHILIP L. FRADKIN has been writing about California...
Woman Lawyer: The Trials of Clara Foltz
WOMAN LAWYER: THE TRIALS OF CLARA FOLTZ By Barbara Babcock (Palo Alto, CA: Stanford University Press, 2010, 392 pp., $45.00 cloth and eBook) FRONTIER FEMINIST: CLARINA HOWARD NICHOLS AND THE POLITICS OF MOTHERHOOD By...
Women and the Everyday City: Public Space in San Francisco, 1890-1915
WOMEN AND THE EVERYDAY CITY: PUBLIC SPACE IN SAN FRANCISCO, 1890-1915 By Jessica Ellen Sewell (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2011, 272 pp., $25.00 paper) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] CAN A HASH HOUSE BE GENDERED?...