California: A History
Arthur C. Verge
The eighth edition of California: A History covers the entire scope of the history of the Golden State, from before first contact with Europeans through the present; an accessible and compelling narrative that comprises the stories of the many diverse peoples who have called, and currently do call, California home.
- Explores the latest developments relating to California’s immigration, energy, environment, and transportation concerns
- Features concise chapters and a narrative approach along with numerous maps, photographs, and new graphic features to facilitate student comprehension
- Offers illuminating insights into the significant events and people that shaped the lengthy and complex history of a state that has become synonymous with the American dream
- Includes discussion of recent – and uniquely Californian – social trends connecting Hollywood, social media, and Silicon Valley – and most recently "Silicon Beach"
commuters relied upon their personal automobiles for daily transportation. Figure 35.2 Once a popular form of mass transit, the Pacific Electric Railway system fell victim to Angelenos’ love affair with the automobile. In the far right can be seen Sister Aimee Semple McPherson’s Angelus Temple. Courtesy of Milton Slade. In 1964, a proposal to add a new section to San Francisco’s Embarcadero Freeway met with wide-scale resistance, with over 200,000 protestors gathering in Golden Gate Park
(1981); Robert Kelley, Battling the Inland Sea: Floods, Public Policy, and the Sacramento Valley (1989); and Harold Gilliam, Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Bay: The Struggle to Save San Francisco Bay (1969). More recent are Peter S. Alagona, After the Grizzly: Endangered Species and the Politics of Place in California (2013) and Matthew Morse Booker, Down by the Bay: San Francisco’s History Between the Tides (2013). Regarding offshore oil, see Ernest R. Bartley, The Tidelands Oil Controversy
on real estate for years to come. That measure encouraged tax rebellions in states throughout the nation. It became difficult to pass school bond issues at a time when education grew to be the largest single item in the state budget. Expansion of the state college and university system had placed increasing fiscal burdens on the taxpayers, even as the job market for college graduates began to shrink. California was clearly living beyond its means. Between 1987 and 1991, public spending soared.
sobriquet “Governor Moonbeam,” for his vision for the state seemed at times to the voters as if it were rooted in outer space (he had suggested at the time that California have its own space program). At age 74, Brown, only the second person to serve a third term as governor of the state, appeared more moderate, more willing to forsake public and legislative battles in order to meet the pressing demands of the state’s 38 million residents. Among his first acts back in high office was going
decided cases of minor importance. Those charged with high crimes were brought before the governor at Monterey. Anyone had the right to demand trial by “good men” (hombres buenos), a jury of three to five members. The powers of the alcaldes were respected, for these officials were generally honest administrators. The alcalde was, in effect, the patrón, or “little father,” of a town, to whom citizens carried their troubles. The Los Angeles ayuntamiento had jurisdiction over territory as large as