Class Schedule (Each week's reading should be done by that week)

 

Part One/ 
From Indian, Spanish, and Mexican to Early Progressive American California
Week #1 (1/23)- Introduction to Class, California Themes, & Class Work 
What are significant California themes, and what are the different ways in which historians and writers 
iew them?

Reading:
James Quay, “Rereading, Misreading, and Redeeming the Golden State: Defining California through
History;” D.J.Waldie, “Beyond Dreams and Disappointments: Defining California through Culture;”
Catherine Gudis, “I thought California Would be Different: Defining California through Visual Culture;”
and Richard Walker, “At the Crossroads: Defining California through Global Economy,” Companion to
California History
, pp. 1-96.

Work Due: Read Syllabus and First Articles

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Week #2 (1/30)-Land of Dolphins & Cayote Children
Native California and First Spanish Settlements How d0 Native Californian and Spanish Cultures compare? 
Consider their economies, their social structure and religion, along with their political organization.  What 
are their relationships with nature?

Reading: Steven W. Hackel, “Junipero Serra Across the Generations,” Companion to California History, pp. 99-115;
“California’s Origins,” and “The Spanish Colonization of California” in Cherny, Competing Visions
(emailed), pp. 1-64.

Work Due: Reading
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Week #3 (2/6)-Osio's Mexican California
Who were the Californios, and what was life like in Mexican California            
Reading: Rosamaria Toruno Tanghetti, “Licit and Illicit Unions:  Engendering Mexican Society,” Companion to 
 California History, pp. 127-144; “Mexican Californios,” in Cherny, Competing Visions (emailed), pp. 65-96; and  
 “Introduction;” “Isidora Filomena;” “Rosalia Vallejo;” Dorotea Valdez;” “Maria Antonia Rodriguez;”“Teresa de la Guerra;” 
and Josefa Carillo” from Rose Marie Beebe and Robert M. Senkewicz (eds), Testimonias:  Early California through the eyes 
of Women, 1815-1848 (On Website).             
Work Due: Reading             
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Week #4 (2/13)-Foreign Influence and American Takeover 
How did foreigners contribute to Mexican California, and what was their significance?
               
Reading: David Igler, “Alta California, the Pacific, and International Commerce before the Gold Rush;”  and 
Omar Valerio-Jimenez, “Race and Immigration in the Nineteenth Century,” Companion to California History, 
pp. 116-126 &145-158; Smith, Freedom’s Frontier, pp. 1-46.

Work Due: Reading, Discussion, Quiz

Reading Quiz #1 2/15
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Week #5 (2/20)-Gold Rush!
How did the Gold Rush define the character of early American California?
Reading: William Deverrell, “The 1850s;” Douglas Cazaux Sackman, “Nature and Conquest:  After the Deluge;” 
and William Bauer, Jr., “Native Californians in the Nineteenth Century,” Companion to California History, pp. 159-191 
& 192-214; Smith, Freedom’s Frontier, pp. 47-140.
Work Due:  Reading, Discussion, and Paper Proposal

Reading Discussion #1 (Thursday): Armen, Dalton, Sam

Paper Proposal Due 2/22 or 3/1 (Thursdays)
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Week #6 (2/27)-After the Gold Rush: Gold Rush Political Economy & the Rise of a Merchant Economy 
Who consolidates capital and power, and what is the impact of the increasing concentration of wealth 
on the late nineteenth century economy?  What kinds of opportunities provide upwardly mobile jobs, 
and to who? What is the impact of California on the nation's political economy?
Reading: William Deverell’s “The 1850s;” Douglas Cazaux Sackman’s “Nature and Conquest;” David Vaught’s 
“Transformations in Late Nineteenth Century Rural California;” and Robert Chao Romero, “Transnational Commercial Orbits,” 
in Deverell/ Igler, A Companion to California History, pp. 159-191 & pp. 215-245; Smith, Freedom’s Frontier, finish.

Work Due: Reading, Class Discussion

Reading Discussion #2 (Thursday): Karla, Adam, Desiree

Paper Proposal Due 2/22 or 3/1 (Thursdays)
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Week #7 (3/6)-Labor, the Railroad, and Early Progressive Reform
What is the "response" to the industrializing economy, to the rise of "corporate" capitalism, 
especially in the wake of a boom-and-bust economy that included two significant panics after 
1873 and 1893?
Reading: Benjamin Heber Johnson’s “Reconsidering Conservation;” Darren Dochuk’s “Religion in the 
Early Twentieth Century;” and Lon Kurashige’s “Immigration, Race, and the Progressives” in Deverell/ Igler, 
A Companion to California History, pp. 246-292; Deverell (ed.), “Part One: Metopolitan Spaces (Jules Tygiel, Greg 
Hise, Matthew Roth, Becky Nicolaides, Mike Davis, & Nancy Quam-Wickham),” Metropolis in the Making, pp. 1-143.            

Work Due: Reading, Class Discussion

Reading Discussion #3 (Thursday): Yuriria, Alejandra, Erick

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Week #8 (3/13)-Midterm Part One (Native California to Early Progressive)

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SPRING BREAK -MARCH 20 th

Part Two/
Progressive Era to the  Twentieth Century: From Frontier to American Empire              
Week #9 (3/27)-Agriculture & Economic Development in the LA Century: Late Progressive and 1920s 
Utopian Communities, Water, Scientific Management and the (freedom of?) the 1920s   
Reading: Deverell (ed.), “Part Two:  Metropolitan Identities (Douglas Flamming, Douglas Monroy, Clark Davis);” “Part Three:  
Faith in the Metropolis (Michael Engh, Philip Goff);” and  “Part Four:  Metropolitics (Steven Ross, William Deverell, Tom Sitton, 
Laurie Pintar)”in Metropolis in the Making, pp. 143-198, 199-339.      
Work Due: Reading, Class Discussion             

Reading Discussion #4 (Thursday): Andrea, Marlene, Alex

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Week #10 (4/3)-"Brother can you spare a dime?": California's Great Depression Years           
How did various groups and individual s respond? What solutions did people fight for, 
and which ultimately prevailed? 
Reading: Rick Wartzman’s “New Deal, No Deal;” Douglas Smith’s “Apportionment Politics, 1920-1970” 
and Daniel Hurewitz’s “Between Liberation and Oppression” in Deverell/ Igler, A Companion to California 
History, pp. 292-308 & pp. 322-339 & pp. 375-390; Deverell (ed.), “Part Five:  The End:  The Metropolitan 
Finale (David Charles Sloane),” Metropolis in the Making, pp.  339-360; Beth Slutsky, “Three Generations” and 
"Parlor Pink" in Gendering Radicalism.
Work Due: Reading, Class Discussion
Reading Discussion #5 (Thursday): Aaron, Susan, Brandy             
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Week #11 (4/10)- World War II 
Reading: Arthur Verge, “World War II” and Kevin Allen Leonard’s “Making Multiculturalism” in Deverell/ Igler, 
A Companion to California History, pp. 311-321 & 339-358; Robert Self, “Part I:  Urban and Suburban Politics and 
the California Dream, 1945-1964,” American Babylon, pp. 1-132.
Work Due: Reading, Class Discussion

Reading Discussion #6 (Thursday): Weston, Matthew, Valentina

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Week #12 (4/17)-1950s Cold War & Suburbia Amercan Dream? 
Reading: Shana Bernstein’s “The Long 1950s” in Deverell/ Igler, A Companion to California History, 
pp. 358-374; Robert Self, “Part II:  Race, Urban Transformation, and the Struggle Against Segregation, 
1954-1966,” American Babylon, pp. 133-214; Beth Slutsky, “Red Queen of the West, “ in Gendering Radicalism.            

Work Due: Reading, Discussion, Quiz

Reading Quiz #2 4/19

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Week #13 (4/24)- The World "A-Changing"  
Beats, Boomers, Music, and Rebellion, 1960s through 1970s  What accounts for the "youth rebellion" 
of the sixties and seventies, and what do you think was accomplished in this era of reform?
Reading: Kirse Granat May’s “Under the Warm California Sun;” Nicolas Rosenthal’s “At  the Center of Indian Country;” 
Josh Sides’ “Sexual Revolutions and Sexual Politics;” and Miriam Pawel’s “A Generation of Leaders” in Deverell/ Igler, 
A Companion to California History, pp. 391-442; Robert Self, “Part III:  Black Liberation and Suburban Revolt, 1964-1978” 
in American Babylon, pp. 215-334; Beth Slutsky, “American Communism After Three Generations,” in Gendering 
Radicalism.

Reading Discussion #7 (Tuesday): Stephanie, Noreen, Rachel

No Class Thursday 26 April: I will post film link Here

Term Paper Due 4/26 to Last Wk of Instruction

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Week #14 (5/1)-From New Left to New Right: Era of  "De-Institutionalization"
What accounts for the changing political climate, and how did the "New Right" gain power?         

Reading: John Horn’s “Hollywood Changes its Script” in Deverell/ Igler, A Companion to California
History
, pp. 443-452; Lisa McGirr, Suburban Warriors, pp. 1-244.

Work Due: Reading, Class Discussion

Reading Discussion #8 (Thursday): Ethan, Anderson, Dylan

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Week #15 (5/8)-Your Contemporary California
How do you characterize your generation of Californians?
Reading: Bill Ong Hing’s “Immigration and Race;” Raphael Sonenshein’s “Political Prospects;” and Jon Christensen’s 
“Environmental Prospects” in Deverell/ Igler, A Companion to California History, pp. 453-498. Lisa McGirr, Suburban 
Warriors, pp. 244-end.

Reading Discussion #9 (Thursday): Derek, Andres, Carlos, Jeannie

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Week #16 (5/17)-12:45-2:45 Midterm Part Two (Progressive through Twentieth Century)