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California : a study of American character : from the conquest in 1846 to the second vigilance committee in San Francisco

Author: Josiah Royce; Ronald Wells
Publisher: Berkeley : Heyday Books, ©2002.
Series: California legacy book.
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Josiah Royce; Ronald Wells
ISBN: 189077152X 9781890771522
OCLC Number: 50149529
Notes: Originally published: Boston : Houghton, Mifflin, 1886.
Description: xxxviii, 394, xv pages ; 21 cm.
Contents: 1. Introduction: The territory and the strangers --
The land --
Outlines of older California history --
The Californians as a people --
The Americans in California before the conquest --
2. The American as conqueror: the secret mission and the bear flag --
The confidential agent, and the beginnings of war --
The bear flag heroes --
Sloat, the administration, and the mystery of the secret mission --
The mystery as formerly expounded by Captain Fremont's friends --
Californian hostility as a cause for war --
The mystery as now expounded by General Fremont --
The mystery deepens --
Only one dispatch contains the secret mission --
The mystery as expounded by the one dispatch --
Supplementary evidence and summary. 3. The conquest completed, the interregnum, and the birth of the state --
The conquerors and their consciences --
Sloat, the Larkin intrigue, and the English legend --
The wolf and the lamb --
The revolt and the reconquest --
The conquerors as rulers and as subjects; quarrels, discontent, and aspiration --
The beginnings of the American San Francisco --
Gold, newcomers, and illusions --
The ways to the new land --
The struggle for a constitution --
The Constitutional Convention and its outcome --
4. The struggle for order: self-government, good humor, and violence in the mines --
The philosophy of California history during the golden days --
The evolution of disorder --
Pan and cradle as social agents: mining society in the summer of 1848 --
Mining society in 1849 and 1850, and the beginning of sluice-mining --
The spirit of the miners' justice of 1851 and 1852: the miners on their own law --
Miners' justice in action: characteristic scenes and incidents --
A typical history of a mining camp in 1851-2 --
The warfare against the foreigners --
The Downieville lynching of July 5, 1851 --
The attainment of order. 5. Social evolution in San Francisco --
The new city and the great fires --
The moral insanities of the golden days --
Conservatism, churches, and families --
Popular justice in February 1851 --
The first vigilance committee --
Social corruption and commercial disaster --
The new awakening of conscience --
The crisis of May 1856 --
Popular vengeance and the new movement --
Perils and triumphs of the great committee --
6. Land-titles and politics --
Early land troubles --
The native population, and the later struggle for the land --
Early political conflicts --
Conclusion.
Series Title: California legacy book.
Responsibility: by Josiah Royce ; introduction by Ronald A. Wells.
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