The Golden State: California History and Government / Edition 4 available in Hardcover
With due attention to the many peoples who make California the most ethnically diverse state in the nation as well as the daunting environmental realities that challenge the resolve of all who call the Golden State home, the informative and enjoyable narrative features expanded coverage of such topics as women, water issues, ethnic relations, crime, sports, culture, and politics in the twentieth century.
A crucial feature of this affordable, beautifully illustrated, and durable hardcover volume remains a chapter on state, county, and city government, detailing the responsibilities of state officers and the organization of the state legislature and court system. The elements of direct democracy-referendum, recall, and initiative-and the legislative process also are explained in direct yet lively fashion.
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About the Author
Harlan Davidson has also published his California, A History, Fifth Edition.
John S. Gaines, Professor of American Studies and Education at King College, is a second generation California. He has taught history and government at the public school, community college, and four-year college levels. He holds degrees from Occidental College, California State University, Northridge, and the University of Southern California.
Table of ContentsIllustrations, Maps and Tables vii
Preface to the Fourth Edition ix
1. The Land and Its Native People 1
2. European Discovery and Colonization 24
3. Settlement of Hispanic California 41
4. Americanizing California 59
5. Erasing the Frontier 81
6. East Meets West 101
7. “The Desert Shall Blossom Like a Rose” 121
8. California as Symbol and Myth 144
9. Governing California: From Warren to Davis 165
10. Government: State, County, and City 182
11. Pluralism, Politics, and Population 204
12. “All That Glitters”: Society and Culture 226
Appendix: The Governors of California 248
California Chronology 252