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. 87, No. 4, September

A Life Remembered: The Voice and Passions of Feminist Writer and Community Activist Flora Kimball
I wished--oh! so ardently--that a moral earthquake would startle the women in this country who are in a death-like sleep, oblivious to the laws that oppress them. Shocks are not harmful, but on the contrary may have the effect of showing us more clearly...
Donors
The California Historical Society is deeply grateful to the following individuals, corporations, foundations, and government and business organizations for their contributions. INDIVIDUALS $50,000 and above Anonymous The Estate of J. Lowell...
James D. Houston, Californian
James D. Houston, known to his friends as Jim, placed a high value on order, stability, continuity, permanence. He spent virtually all of his adult life married to the same woman, Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston; they lived together and raised three children...
Luther Burbank's Spineless Cactus: Boom Times in the California Desert
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Here's a way to end world hunger and make the desert bloom: take the common prickly pear cactus that grows wild throughout the Southwest, use hybridization and selection to "persuade" it to relinquish its sharp spines, plant...
Mount Lassen
Located approximately fifty miles east of the city of Redding, itself 160 miles north of Sacramento on Interstate 5, Lassen Volcanic National Park is increasingly advertised as a much less crowded destination for summer vacations, hiking and other...
Something in the Soil
What produces a writer who, grounded so deeply in his native state, rousingly evoked the heights and depths of his characters' hearts and souls commensurate with powerful portrayals of lofty mountains and the arc of the ocean waves? What nurtures...