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California History & Geography

Part A: Beginnings to American Takeover

Week #1 (1/25): A Rainbow's Bridge

  • Introduction to Class
  • Indian California: Geography & first People

READING: Pacific El Dorado, Chapter 1 (Beginnings); Haas, Saints and Citizens, 1-49.

Week #2 (2/1): California Hub

  • Native, European & Spanish California

READING: Pacific El Dorado, Chapter 2 (Spain's Greater California Coast); Haas, Saints and Citizens, 50-115.

Week #3 (2/8): Osios California

  • Mexican California

READING: Pacific El Dorado, Chapter 3 (Globally Connected); Haas, Saints and Citizens, 116-163.

Week #4 (2/15): Battle for California: American Takeover

  • Mexican Trade, Foreigners, War, & American California

READING: Pacific El Dorado, Chapter 4 (War and Gold, to p. 96); Haas, Saints and Citizens,164-186.

Week #5 (2/22): Midterm #1 (Through American Takeover)

Part B: Gold Rush to 1906

Week #6 (3/1): Gold & the New State

  • Gold Rush, California State, Economic Development

READING: Pacific El Dorado, Chapter 4 & 5 (War & Gold, National Crisis 97-end); Brands, The Age of Gold,1-121.

Week #7 (3/8): Corporate and Economic Growth

  • SF, Industrial Growth, & Era of Merchant Control

READING: Pacific El Dorado, Chapter 6 & 7 (Pacific Bound Rails, Economic & Cultural Growth); Brands, The Age of Gold,121-242.

Week #8 (3/15): Railroad Era

  • Transcontinental RR, Labor, Expansion

READING: Pacific El Dorado, Chapter 8 (Anti-RR, Municipal Graft); Brands, The Age of Gold, 242-358.

Week #9 (3/22): Spring Break

Week #10 (3/29): Progressive California

  • RR Reform, Women, Good Governments & Progressive California

READING: Pacific El Dorado, Chapter 9 (Hiram Johnson & Progressivism); Brands, The Age of Gold,359-end.

Week #11 (4/5): Midterm #2

Part C: Twentieth Century

Week #12 (4/12): "Modern" California

  • Growth of LA, Industrial Agriculture, Oil, & Hollywood

READING: Pacific El Dorado, Chapter 10 (Good Times); Fradkin, Seven States, 1-112.

Week # 13 (4/19): Great Depression & Homefront California

  • Economic Development & Population Growth

READING: Pacific El Dorado, Chapter 11 (Pacific Bulwork); Fradkin, Seven States, 113-212.

Week #14 (4/26): Liberal State

  • Fifties, Boomers, New Technology, Anti-War, & Counter Culture

READING: Pacific El Dorado, Chapter 12 (High Tide of Liberalism); Fradkin, Seven States, 213-314.

Week #15 (5/3): Conservative & Contemporary California World

  • New Right, Limits, Corporate Growth, & Concentration of Wealth

READING: Pacific El Dorado, Chapter 13 & 14 (Conservatism & Ongoing Shift); Fradkin, Seven States, 315-418.

Week #16 (5/10): Midterm #3