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H417 Reading & Assignment Schedule

 
   
   
 
California History & Geography

Part A: Beginnings to American Takeover

Week #1 (8/25): 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 (9/2): 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 (9/9): Osios California

  • Mexican California

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

Week #4 (9/16): 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 (9/23): Midterm #1 (Through American Takeover), Paper #1 Due

Part B: Gold Rush to 1906

Week #6 (9/30): Gold & the New State

  • Gold Rush, California State, Economic Development

READING: Pacific El Dorado, Chapter 4 & 5 (War & Gold, National Crisis 97-end); Thousand Pieces of Gold,first half.

Curiosities: Jennifer A. & Kim V.

Week #7 (10/7): Corporate and Economic Growth

  • SF, Industrial Growth, & Era of Merchant Control

READING: Pacific El Dorado, Chapter 6 & 7 (Pacific Bound Rails, Economic & Cultural Growth); Thousand Pieces of Gold, finish.

Curiosities: Jessica A., Erin S., & Peter B.

Week #8 (10/14): Railroad Era

  • Transcontinental RR, Labor, Expansion

READING: Pacific El Dorado, Chapter 8 (Anti-RR, Municipal Graft); Articles.

Curiosities: Diana S., Heather C., & Gaddy R.

Week #9 (10/21): Progressive California

  • RR Reform, Women, Good Governments & Progressive California

READING: Pacific El Dorado, Chapter 9 (Hiram Johnson & Progressivism); Assigned Film.

Curiosities: cynthia C., Alyssa R., & Vicente C.

Week #10 (10/28): Midterm #2, Paper #2 Due

Part C: Twentieth Century

Week #11 (11/4): Progressive and "Modern" California

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

READING: Pacific El Dorado, Chapter 10 (Good Times); Fradkin, Seven States, 1-84.

Curiosities: Jordao P., Sarah D., & Leticia O

Week # 12 (11/11): 1920s and Great Depression California

  • Economic Development & Population Growth

READING: Pacific El Dorado, Chapter 11 (Pacific Bulwork); Fradkin, Seven States, 85-168.

Curiosities: Christina D., Alexis O., & Sylvia F.

Week #13 (11/18): Homefront WWII and 1950s Liberal shift

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

READING: Pacific El Dorado, Chapter 12 (High Tide of Liberalism); Fradkin, Seven States, 169-252.

Curiosities: Samira G., Anabel L., & Karla G.

Week #14 (11/25): Reform Era

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

READING: Pacific El Dorado, Chapter 13 (Conservatism); Fradkin, Seven States, 253-337.

Curiosities: Catherine L., Madelieine G., & Jennifer L.

Week #15 (12/2): Conservative & Contemporary California World

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

READING: Pacific El Dorado, Chapter 14 (Ongoing Shift); Fradkin, Seven States, 338-418.

Curiosities: Tara H., Veronica H., & Jason L.

Week #16 (12/9): Midterm #3, Paper #3 Due on December 13th