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San Francisco, 1846-1856: FROM HAMLET TO CITY
Roger W. Lotchin
University of Illinois Press, 1997
Library of Congress F869.S357L67 1997 | Dewey Decimal 979.461
Now back in print with a new introduction by the author, this is the
classic study of America's most admired instant city, from its days as
a sleepy Mexican village, through the Gold Rush and into its establishment
as a major international port. Roger Lotchin examines the urbanizing influences
in San Francisco and compares these to other urban centers, doing so against
a colorful backdrop of opium dens and other sinful institutions.
This "almost shamefully readable book" will be of "dramatic
interest to anyone concerned with American history, American cities, or--more
fundamentally--the American character." -- The New Republic
"Comprehensive and absorbing. . . . Roger Lotchin's prose style
is brilliant, his research staggering, and his conclusions thought-provoking.
This is urban history at its best." -- Kenneth T. Jackson, Columbia
The Way We Really Were: THE GOLDEN STATE IN THE SECOND GREAT WAR
Edited by Roger W. Lotchin
University of Illinois Press, 2000
Library of Congress D769.85.C2W39 2000 | Dewey Decimal 940.53794
The customary picture of the World War II era in California has been dominated by accounts of the Japanese American concentration camps, African Americans, and women on the home front.
The Way We Really Were substantially enlivens this view, addressing topics that have been neglected or incompletely treated in the past to create a more rounded picture of the wartime situation at home. Exploring the developments brought to fruition by the war and linking them to their roots in earlier decades, contributors address the diversity of the musical scene, which arose from a cross-pollination of styles brought by Okies, blacks, and Mexican migrants. They examine increased political involvement by women, Hollywood's response to the war, and the merging of business and labor interests in the Bay Area Council. They also reveal how wartime dynamics led to substantial environmental damage and lasting economic gains by industry.
The Way We Really Were examines significant wartime changes in the circumstances of immigrant groups that have been largely overlooked by historians. Among these are Italian Americans, heavily insular and pro-Fascist before the war and very pro-American and assimilationist after, and Chinese American men, who achieved new legitimacy and entitlement through military service. Also included is a look at cultural negotiation among multiple ethnic groups in the Golden State. A valuable addition to the literature on California history, The War We Really Were provides an entree into new areas of scholarship and a fresh look at familiar ones.