California, the Last Frontier

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8
The California of Tomorrow

What will happen when California is filled by fifty millions of people, and its valuation is five times what it is now, and the wealth will be so great that you will find it difficult to know what to do with it? The day will, after all, have then only twenty-four hours. Each man will have only one mouth, one pair of ears, and one pair of eyes. There will be more people -- as many perhaps as the country can support -- and the real question will be not about making more wealth or having more people, but whether the people will then be happier or better than they have been hitherto or are at this moment. Although that time has not yet come, the time has surely come when you may begin to ask yourselves what the development of natural resources and the acquisition of wealth is doing for the lives of the people . . . what are the ultimate aims for which you are working? What you must wish and do wish is to secure for the people as a whole the conditions that make for happiness.1

WITH our population now at twenty million and demographers predicting fifty million people by the turn of the century and with our assessed valuation now many times what it was in 1909, we can ask again the basic question posed by Lord Bryce: Are our people happier or better than before and will they be happier and better in the year 2020, when our population may have tripled?

What are the development of natural resources and the acquisition of wealth doing for the lives of Californians? After all, Japan, which

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From an address by Lord James Bryce to the student body at the University of California, Berkeley in 1909. Quoted by Eugene C. Lee in The California Governmental Process, p. 300.

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California, the Last Frontier
Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page 1
  • Preface 3
  • Contents 5
  • 1 - California as a Distinct Region 7
  • 2 - Island California 20
  • 3 - Spanish California 32
  • 4 - The Golden State 43
  • 5 - One California -- or Many Californias? 59
  • 6 - Migrants and Migrations 77
  • 7 - Change and Growth 93
  • 8 - The California of Tomorrow 131
  • Study Guide 147
  • General References 153
  • Index 158
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