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California History & Geography
Finish the reading each week and you will be prepared for the following week's class.
Part A: Beginnings to American Takeover

Questions for first part of class--both of these will be on the first midterm, but you only need to write on ONE for your first paper (due the day of the exam):

1) How do Native and Spanish Cultures compare, and to what extent do native cultures persist into the Mexican era (and beyon)?

2) How do you characterize Mexican society in California, and what examples best reveal the nature of Californio life?

Week #1 (1/23): Introduction

  • Introduction to Class & Class Themes

WEEK'S READING: Pacific El Dorado, Chapter 1; Margolin (ed.), Life in a California Mission, Introduction.

WORK DUE: READING

Study Questions #1: What were the characteristics of California's first native peoples, and in what ways did they reflect the envioronment? What was the nature and extent of their early trading networks? What questions do you have? (Use specific examples to support your observations)

Korie; Laura

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Week #2 (1/30) : Geography & Indian California

  • Introduction to Class
  • Geography & Native Peoples

WEEK'S READING: Pacific El Dorado, Chapter 2; Margolin (ed.), Life in a California Mission, second half (Margolin (ed.).

WORK DUE: READING

Study Qeustions #2: What examples from the Journals of La Perouse' expedition to California best reveal the lives of native Californians? How do the lives and the culture (society, religion, political culture) of the Spanish compare to the Native Americans? How did the Spanish define their relationship to the environmet, and what were their trading netwoerks? What questions do you have? (Use specific examples to support your observations)

Blanca; Linday

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Week #3 (2/6): Paradise Lost?

  • European & Spanish California

WEEK'S READING: Pacific El Dorado, Chapter 3.

WORK DUE: PRESENTATION OF STUDY QUESTIONS

Study Questions #3: Describe the trading networks inclusive of Alta California? How does Mexican Independence affect the political economy of Alta California? What questions do you have? (Use specific examples to support your observations)

Anastasia; Jamie

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Week #4 (2/13): Osio's California & Contested Eden

  • Mexican California
  • American Takeover
  • Donner Party (Film)

WEEK'S READING: Lodha & Walker, Atlas, Chapters 1 & 2; David Igler, "AltaCalifornia, the Pacific, and International Commerce before the Gold Rush," Companion to California History (pp. 75-96); and D.J. Waldie, "Reareading, Misreading, and Redeeming the Golden State," Companion to California History (pp. 22-39). (I will provide these)

WORK DUE: PRESENTATION OF STUDY QUESTIONS & GEOGRAPHY WORKSHEET #1 (turn in Geography Worksheet by next Tuesday, 2/20).

Study Questions #4: Who are the "foreigners" in Alta California, and what is their role in trade and the region's economy before the Gold Rush? How does D.J. Waldie say historians have misinterpreted California, and what does he find most important in the state's history? What questions do you have? (Use specific examples to support your observations)

Mary; William; Alexis

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Week #5 (2/20): FIRST EXAM

WORK DUE: GEOGRAPHY WORKSHEET #1 ON THURSDAY, FIRST MIDTERM EXAM & PAPER #1 (2/22 Thursday)

Part B: Gold Rush to 1906

Week #6 (2/27): GOLD RUSH!

  • Gold Rush!
  • American California

READING: Pacific El Dorado, Chapter 4; Johnson, Roaring Camp, 1-98; and Lodha & Walker, Atlas, Chapter 3.

WORK DUE: PRESENTATION OF STUDY QUESTIONS

Study Questions # 6: Tell the story of American conquest and the Gold Rush, how did they relate to one another? What was the "social world" of California like before "emigration"? What questions do you have? (Use specific examples to support your observations)

Amanda B.; Lelie; Amy; Deysi

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Week #7: (3/6): Economics of Social Control

  • Merchants & RR Capitalists

READING: Pacific El Dorado, Chapter 5; Johnson, Roaring Camp, 99-184; and Lodha & Walker, Atlas, Chapter 4.

WORK DUE: PRESENTATION OF STUDY QUESTIONS

Study Questions # 7: What was the political process of becoming a state, and what were the greatest challenges to this process? What was domestic life like in the gold fields? In what ways did men survive in the male-dominated diggings? What was the nature of conlfict in the mines, and what are some of the best examples? What questions do you have? (Use specific examples to support your observations)

Deshanae; Tatiana; Jasmine; Sareen

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Week #8 (3/13): Rise of Labor

  • Rise of Labor, Boss Politics

READING: Pacific El Dorado, Chapter 6; Johnson, Roaring Camp, 185-274; and Lodha & Walker, Atlas, Chapter 5.

WORK DUE: PRESENTATION OF STUDY QUESTIONS

Study Questions # 8: How did the building of the transcontinental railroad affect Californians? How did the railroad affect labor, and especially, how did it affect Chinese immigrants? What questions do you have? (Use specific examples to support your observations)

April; Itzel; Amanda P.; Nohemy

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SPRNG BREAK! (3/20)

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Week #9 (3/27): Early Reform and the Middle Class

  • Early Economic Development of Southern California
  • Early Progressive California & the rise of the Middle Class

READING: Pacific El Dorado, Chapters 7 & 8; Johnson, Roaring Camp, 275-344; Daviid Vaught, "Transformations in Late Nineteenth Century Rural California," Companion, pp. 116-126; Robert Chao Romero, "Transnational Commercial Orbits," Companion, pp. 230-245; and Lodha & Walker, Atlas, Chapter 6.

WORK DUE: PRESENTATION OF STUDY QUESTIONS & GEOGRAPHY WORKSHEET #2

Study Questions # 9: How does Osborne characterize the society and culture emerging in California, and what was the impact of economic growth on labor and politics in the state? What memories emerged from the Gold Rush, and how did the decline of placer mining affect various gold field towns and miners?

How do transformations in rural areas and in commerce affect late nineteenth century California?

What questions do you have? (Use specific examples to support your observations)

Rizilina; Ashley M.; Nicolette; Lauren

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Week #10 (4/3):

SECOND MIDTERM EXAM & PAPER #2 (4/5 Thursday)

Part C: Los Angeles and the Twentieth Century

Week #11 (4/10)-Chavez Day on the 31rst: Southern & Progressive California

  • Southern California, the Middle Class, & Progressive California

READING: Pacific El Dorado, Chapter 9; Seven States of California, pp. 1-112 (Approach, Deserts, Sierra); and Lodha & Walker, Atlas, Chapter 7.

WORK DUE: PRESENTATION OF STUDY QUESTIONS

Study Questions # 11: What was "progressivism," and how did it affect California? What is Fradkin's approach to understanding the history and geography of California? Find three important qualities of "The Deserts" and "The Sierra," discussed by Fradkin. Do you agree with his interpretations? What questions do you have? (Use specific examples to support your observations)

Kelani; Stephanie C.; McKenna; Oshae

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Week #12 (4/17): 1920s Economic Growth & Great Depression

  • Economic Boom
  • Great Depression

READING: Pacific El Dorado, Chapter 10; Seven States of California, pp. 113-212 (Land of Fire; Land of Water); and Lodha & Walker, Atlas, Chapter 8.

WORK DUE: PRESENTATION OF STUDY QUESTIONS

Study Questions # 12: In what ways does California reflect the naion in the 1920s, perhaps even providing national leadership? How did the Great Depression affect Californians and the state? Find three important qualities of "The land of Fire" and "The Land of Water," discussed by Fradkin. Do you agree with his interpretations? What questions do you have? (Use specific examples to support your observations)

Karina; Emelyne; Valeria; Rana; Christina R.

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Week #13 (4/24) : WWII & California Suburbia

  • Economic Impact of WWII
  • Social Impact of Suburban Growth

READING: Pacific El Dorado, Chapters 11 and 12; Seven States of California, pp. 213-268 (The Great Valley); Anna Lee Saxenian, "Origins and Business Culture of Silicon Valley" and Judith Stacey, "Women, Families, and Work in the Information Industry" in Companion, pp. 401-404 & pp. 405-411; and Lodha & Walker, Atlas, Chapter 9.

WORK DUE: PRESENTATION OF STUDY QUESTIONS

Study Questions # 13: What is the role of California in WWII, and to how do Californians reflect the "liberalism" of the 1950s and 1960s? Define Liberalism and "New Left." What are examples of the "New Left" in California, and why does this movement grow? Find three important qualities of "The Great Valley," discussed by Fradkin. Do you agree with his interpretation?

How did the early companies in "Silicon Valley" affect the ways in which businesses were run? How does the "information industry" affect the work of women and families?

What questions do you have? (Use specific examples to support your observations)

Faviola; Cynthia M.; Angus; Beatriz

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Week #14 (5/1): 1960s Reform & 1980s Reaction

  • Suburban Growth
  • Civil Rights Era California
  • Era of Limits
  • 1980s+ Reaction

READING: Pacific El Dorado, Chapter 13 & 14; Seven States of California, pp. 269-418 (Fractured Province, Profligate Province); Spencer Olin, "Globalization and the Politics of Locality in Orange County," Companion, pp. 405-422; Kevin Allen Leonard, "Making Multiculturalism" and Bill Ong Hing, "Immigration and Race" in Companion, pp. 339-357 & pp. 453-471; and Lodha & Walker, Atlas, Chapter 10.

WORK DUE: PRESENTATIONS OF STUDY QUESTIONS & & GEOGRAPHY WORKSHEET #3

Study Questions # 14: What is the "New Right" in California, and how does it impact Caliornia in the "era of limits"? What do you believe is the "ongoing Pacific Shift"? Find three important qualities each for "The Fractured Province" and "The Profligate Province," discussed by Fradkin. Do you agree with his interpretations?

How did Orange County define "globalizaton," and how did it affect their politics? How do Lenard and Hing find that diversity and immigration have affected California's culture?

What questions do you have? (Use specific examples to support your observations)

Marisela; Bryan; Stephanie S.; Marissa

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Week #15 (5/8):

WORK DUE: EXAM #3 AND PAPER #3

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