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. 83, No. 2, Fall

A Cult of Beauty: The Public Life and Civic Work of Laura Lyon White
"A GREAT CITIZEN, A GREAT WOMAN--A RARE SOUL--A FRIEND OF HER KIND." Reverend Caleb S. Dutton, Eulogy In the North Beach section of San Francisco, at the intersection of Lombard and Mason, sits an old, somewhat overused city park established...
Autry National Center Collaboration Brings California Historical Society Collections to Los Angeles
In an effort to bring the vibrant history of California to a wider audience, the California Historical Society and the Autry National Center have joined forces to display in Los Angeles significant works of art and costumes by some of America's best...
Everyone Had Cameras: Photographers, Photography and the Farmworker Experience in California-A Photographic Essay
"Cesar Chavez really knew the value of photography .... He was very visually aware. I don't think he did anything during the first year of the strike without considering how it would look on film. To an extent that few realized, much of what the National...
Midnight in the Mojave
By the time you read this, my husband John will probably have forgiven me for last year's Valentine's weekend in the Mojave desert. He's not the kind of guy who holds a grudge, but sitting in a smoky tent cabin bundled in a sleeping bag and eating...
On a Case-by-Case Basis: Ethnicity and Los Angeles Courts, 1850-1875
In his important study A History of American Law, Lawrence Friedman commented that by 1850, in addition to American emigrants, "what traveled west, more important than form, was the general legal culture, the general ways of thinking about law .......
The Island Chumash: Behavioral Ecology of a Maritime Society
THE ISLAND CHUMASH: BEHAVIORAL ECOLOGY OF A MARITIME SOCIETY By Douglas J. Kennett (Berkeley: University of California, 2005, 298 PP., $35 cloth) THE CHUMASH AND THE PRESIDIO OF SANTA BARBARA: EVOLUTION OF A RELATIONSHIP, 1782-1823 These two...