H417 Summer 17

 
   

 


Class Schedule

First Week/Introduction and Native California
13 July Thursday: Introduction to Class & to Native California--What is the relationship between California Geography and its Native Population? What adjectives best describe native Californians?

Reading

  1. Pacific El Dorado, Chapters 1 & 2 (Native & Spanish California)
  2. Eyewitness Travel, California: 1-62.
  3. Fradkin on Deserts (emailed, from The Seven States of California)
  4. "Land and People" from Walker & Lodha, Atlas of California, Chapter 1.
  5. Bauer, We Were All Like Migrant Workers, pp. 1-30.

Please finish the first Week and Week Two readings by class, Thursday July 21th-and then after that, have the readings completed each week by Thursday to get the most from this class.

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Week Two/ Indian, Spanish and Mexican California and American Takeover
18 & 20 July: Native, Spanish & Mexican & American California--How do societies and cultures, political structures, and economies of the Native Californians, the Spanish, the Mexicans, and the Americans--compare? How are these peoples similar? Different?

Reading

  1. Pacific El Dorado, Chapter 3 & 4 (Mexican & American California)
  2. Fradkin on The Sierra (emailed, from The Seven States of California)
  3. "Politics, Governance, & Power" from Walker & Lodha, Atlas of California, Chapter 2.
  4. Eyewitness Travel, California: Southern California, 200-299.
  5. Rohrbough, Days of Gold, first half

Please finish the first Week and Week Two readings by class, Thursday July 21th.

Work Due on Thursday 20 July: 1) Class Presentations & First Discussion; 2) Quiz #1; & 3) First Essay.
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Week Three/ Gold Rush & Economic Boom and Bust
25 & 27 July: Gold Rush and American California--How do you characterize mid-nineteenth century American culture, and what is its impact on California? What is California's impact on the nation?

Reading

  1. Pacific El Dorado, Chapters 5 & 6 (American State, Economy & Labor)
  2. Fradkin on the "Land of Fire" & the "Land of Water" (emailed, from The Seven States of California)
  3. "Economy & Industry" & "Urban Areas" from Walker & Lodha, Atlas of California, Chapters 3 & 4.
  4. Eyewitness Travel, California: Northern California, 438-523.
  5. Rohrbough, Days of Gold, second half

Please finish Week Three Readings by Thursday the 28th July.

Work Due Thursday 27 July: 1) Class Presentations & Second Discussion & 2) Quiz #2.

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Week Four/ California and Corporate Capitalism
1 & 3 August: Gilded and Progressive California--At the turn-of-the nineteenth century, is California characterized by the "rule of law" or the "rule of greed? What examples do you find of cooperation? Of violence, hostility, and conflict?


Reading

  1. Pacific El Dorado, Chapters 8 & 9 (RR & Progressivism)
  2. Fradkin on the Great Valley (emailed, from The Seven States of California)
  3. "Water & Energy" & "Environment" from Walker & Lodha, Atlas of California, Chapters 5 & 6.
  4. Eyewitness Travel, California: San Francisco, 300-437.
  5. Bauer, We Were All Like Migrant Workers, pp. 30-155.

Please finish Week Four Readings by Thursday the 4th of August.

Work Due on Thursday 3 August: 1) Class Presentations & Third Discussion; 2) Quiz #3; & 3) Second Essay.
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Week Five/ Twenties, Great Depression, & War
8 & 10 August: Industrious California---In what ways are California's society, economy, and politics "conservative" or "liberal"? Do Californians cling to tradition or embrace new ways of living?

Reading

  1. Pacific El Dorado, Chapters 10 & 11 (Twenties, WWII)
  2. Fradkin on "The Fractured Province" (emailed, from The Seven States of California)
  3. "Health & Education" from Walker & Lodha, Atlas of California, Chapter 7.
  4. Eyewitness Travel, California: Los Angeles, 64-199.
  5. Bauer, We Were All Like Migrant Workers, pp. 156-216.

Please finish Week Five readings by class, Thursday 11 August.

Work Due Thursday 10 August: 1) Class Presentations & Fourth Discussion & 2) Quiz #4.

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Week Six/ Liberal, Conservative Shifts & Contemporary California
15 & 17 August Tuesday: Liberal California, Conservative Reaction, and Economic Shifts--How did the economic shifts of the second half of the twentieth century affect California and Californians? How can we explain the rise of the New Left? The rise of the New Right? How do generations affect (or not) the events of these years?

Reading

  1. Pacific El Dorado, Chapters 12, 13, & 14 (1950s to Present)
  2. Fradkin on "The Profligate Province" (emailed, from The Seven States of California)
  3. "Inequality & Social Divides" & "Challenges" from Walker & Lodha, Atlas of California, Chapters 8 & 9.

Please finish Week Six readings by class, Tuesday the 16th of August.

Work Due on Thursday 17 August: 1) Class Presentations & Fifth Discussion; 2) Quiz #5; & 3) Third Essay.
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Week Seven/ No Class
22 August Tuesday: Take-home Midterm Due

(Your Exam is due anytime from the 18th to the 23rd--Submit it via turnitin)