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By William Deverell, David Igler

ISBN-10: 1405161833

ISBN-13: 9781405161831

This quantity of unique essays through major students is an cutting edge, thorough creation to the heritage and tradition of California.

  • Includes 30 essays via major students within the field
  • Essays variety commonly throughout views, together with political, social, monetary, and environmental history
  • Essays with related ways are paired and grouped to paintings as person items and as partners to one another during the text
  • Produced in organization with the Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West

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Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin. Isenberg, Barbara. 2000. State of the Arts: California Artists Talk about Their Work. New York: William W. Morrow. Jimenez, Francisco. 1997. The Circuit: Stories from the Life of a Migrant Child. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press. Jimenez, Francisco. 2001. Breaking Through. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin. Kroeber, Theodora. 1962. Ishi in Two Worlds: A Biography of the Last Wild Indian in North America. Berkeley: University of California Press. Margolin, Malcolm.

They had worked their mines. To get all there was out of the land, to squeeze it dry, to exhaust it, seemed their policy. When at last the land worn out would refuse to yield, they would invest their money in something else; by then, they would all have made fortunes. They did not care. (2007: 257) Nearly a hundred years after Norris, many who control the land still do not care. As Gray Brechin and Robert Dawson point out in Farewell, Promised Land: Waking from the California Dream, not just the Gold Rush but the broader environmental history of California has been an epic bender, engineered and financed largely through San Francisco (to the discomfort of Los Angeles provincials).

My loyalty is the last habit that anyone would impute to those of us who live here; we’re supposed to be so dissatisfied here (or numbed at least). I live here because Lakewood is adequate to my desire, although I know there’s been a price to pay. Lakewood, in Where I Was From, is the summation of all that is unearned in California. I live in a place of presumed exile, and the “hunger of memory” (to use Richard Rodriguez’s troubling phrase) is acute here, but it is only a localization of the larger hunger of California, which itself is only a portion of the immigrant’s experience of the West; and the problem of California and the West is only an especially perplexing subset of the everlasting problem of America, which is: How do we make a home here?

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