Part One/ 
From Indian, Spanish, and Mexican to Early Progressive American California
Week #1 (8/25)- Introduction to Class, California Themes, & Class Work 
What are significant California themes, and what are the different ways in which historians and writers view them?

Reading:
Kevin Starr, Opening Readings from Kevin Starr's Coast ofDreams, “Cities, Suburbs, and Other Paces” and “A Tale of Two Cities:

Los Angele and SF.”

Work Due: Read Syllabus and Chapters sent.

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Week #2 (9/2)-Land of Dolphins & Cayote Children
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: Competing Visions, Chapter 1 & Tending the Wild, Part 1:  "California at Contact,"  pp. 1-124  (1-Wildlife, Plants, and People;

2-Gathering, Hunting, and Fishing; 3-The Collision of Worlds); Part III:  "Rekindling Old Ways," Chapter 12 & Coda, 334-365.

Work Due: Reading

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Week #3 (9/9)-Osio's Mexican California
Who were the Californios, and what was life like in Mexican California?

Reading: Competing Visions, Chapter 3 on Mexican California; “Introduction" & Biographies. “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), Testimonios: Early California through the eyes of Women, 1815-1848.

Work Due: Reading, Quiz

Reading Quiz #1 9/12

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Week #4 (9/16)-Foreign Influence and American Takeover
How did foreigners contribute to Mexican California, and what was their significance?

Reading:
Osio's California; Documents from Rose Marie Beebe and Robert M. Senkewicz (eds), Land of Promise: "Colonization,"

pp. 65-150; "Mexican California," pp. 311-400.

Work Due: Reading, Class Discussion

Reading Discussion #1 (Thursday): Maria, & Vazgen

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Week #5 (9/23)-Gold Rush!
How did the Gold Rush define the character of early American California?

Reading: Smith, Freedom's Frontier, Intro to chapter 2 (1-46), "Introduction" (Historiography, White Nation, National Histories, Asians

and Pacific Islanders, Theory, Society, Taxonomy, Racial Geographies, Racial Biologies, Orientalism, & American History) and "Ocean Worlds"

(from Gary Y. Okihiro American History Unbound: Asians and Pacific Islanders, pp. 1-20, & 20-41.

Work Due: Reading, Class Discussion, and Paper Proposal

Reading Discussion #2 (Thursday): Salvador, Justin T. & Matthew

Paper Proposals Due: 9/25

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Week #6 (9/30)-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: Smith, Freedom's Frontier, Intro to chapters 3-5 (80-173), "The Labor Force in California" & "Rehabilitation of the Democratic Party"

from Saxton, Indespensible Enemy, pp. 1-18 & 67-91.

Work Due: Reading, Quiz

Reading Quiz #2: 10/2 Thursday

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Week #7 (10/7)-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: Smith, Freedom's Frontier, Intro to chapters 6 to end (174-236), Kazin, "The Rise to Power," Barons of Labor, pp. 1-65.

Work Due: Reading, Class Discussion

Reading Discussion #3 (Thursday): Ana Silva, Deanna, Justin H.

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Week #8 (10/14)-Midterm Part One (Native California to Early Progressive, 1906)

Part Two/

Progressive Era to the  Twentieth Century: From Frontier to American Empire              
Week #9 (10/21)-Agriculture & Economic Development in the LA Century: Late Progressive and 1920s 
Utopian Communities, Water, Scientific Management and the (freedom of?) the 1920s:  What are the characteristics of "modern" life in California?   
Reading: "Conclusion," Kazin's Baron's of Labor (1987), pp. 277-93, and "Prologue and Part One (An Allegory of California and Fabricating Eden)" 

from Sackman's Orange Empire (2005), pp. 1-118.
Work Due: Reading, Class Discussion             

Reading Discussion #4 (Thursday): Juan, Patrick, Avital, Pedro

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Week #10 (10/28)-"Brother can you spare a dime?": California's Great Depression Years           
How did various groups and individual's respond to the Great Depression? What did Upton Sinclair's campaign for governor reveal the state's political economy?
Reading: "Work i the Garden" ("Intro," "Fruits of Labor" & "Finished Product of the Environment"), "A Jungle of Representation: The Epic Campaign versus 

Sunkist" from Sackman's Orange Empire (2005), pp. 118-180 & 181-224.
Work Due: Reading, Class Discussion

Reading Discussion #5 (Thursday): Jazz, Spencer, Elizabeth, & Carlos

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Week #11 (11/4)- World War II 
How did WWII affect the lives of Californians?  What war related industries were located in California, and how were they significant?
Reading: "California (Pacific Migrant Labor)" and "WWII" from American History Unbound,  pp. 150-183 & 333-363, Robert Self, "

Urban and subruban Politics and the California Dream (Industrial Garden, Working Class, Tax Dollar)," American Babylon, pp. 1-61.  
Work Due: Reading, Quiz

Reading Quiz #3: 11/6 Thursday

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Week #12 (11/11)-1950s Cold War & Suburbia Amercan Dream? 
Evaluate American prosperity in the 1950s and 1960s, what do you find were positive and negative aspects of the American fifties and sixties?
Reading: Self, "Working Class," "Tax Dollar," and Part Two ("Redistribution" and "Opportunity Politics"), American Babylon, pp. 61-214 and 

Glenna Matthews'  "War and Cold War Shape the Valley" & "Toward Silicon Valley," Silicon Valley, Women, and the California Dream, pp. 81-146.

Work Due: Reading, Class Discussion

Reading Discussion #6 (Thursday): Dalton, Diana, Cayley, & Izzy

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Week #13 (11/18)- 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: Milkman, LA Story, first third; Self, "Black Power," American Babylon, pp. 215-255, and "Northeast Asian Political Economy" 

& "Global Sourcing and Regional Divisions of Labor in the Pacific Rim" from Arif Dirlik, editor of What is in a Rim?  Critical Perspectives on 

the Pacific Region Idea, pp. 99-162.

Work Due: Reading, Class Discussion

Reading Discussion #7 (Tuesday): Victor, Jesus, Nathan, & Michael

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Week #14 (11/25)-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: Milkman, LA Story, second third; "Market Dependency in U.S.--East Asian Relations" & "China's Growing Integration with the

Asia-Pacific Economy" from Arif Dirlik, editor of What is in a Rim?  Critical Perspectives on the Pacific Region Idea, pp. 163-218.
            

Work Due: Reading, Quiz

Reading Quiz #4: 11/26 Tuesday

Term Paper Due 11/26 or Earlier (by topic)

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Week #15 (12/2)-Your Contemporary California
How do you characterize your generation of Californians?
Reading: Milkman, LA Story, last third, "Sexual Economies in the Asia-Pacific Eonomy," What is in a Rim?  pp. 219-250, and "The Global 

Economy on the Home Front: A Tale of Two Valleys" from Matthews, Silicon Valley, pp. 226-255.

Optional Reading:  "The Brink," pp. 1-21 in Dale Maharidge, The Coming White Minority:  California, Multiculturalism, and America's future (1996) & Self, American Babylon, pp. 215-334 
(Black Power, White Noose, Babylon, & Conclusion)

Work Due: Reading, Class Discussion

Reading Discussion #8 (Thursday): Melqui, Kevin, Danielle, & Luis

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Week #16 / 12 December Thursday, 8-10 AM
Midterm Part Two (Progressive through Twentieth Century)