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California : land of new beginnings

Author: David Lavender
Publisher: Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, [1987], ©1972.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Lavender
ISBN: 0803279248 9780803279247 0803228740 9780803228740
OCLC Number: 15315566
Notes: Reprint. Originally published: New York : Harper & Row, 1972.
"A Bison book."
Description: 480 pages : maps ; 23 cm
Contents: Part I: A touch of madness --
For greater glory --
First plantings --
Bricks without straw --
Part II: The advent of the Americans --
Illegal entry --
By land as well as by sea --
What do you do with a tame Indian? --
The schemers --
Sculpturing a war --
The impatient conquerors --
Part III: Lost in a golden wilderness --
"It made my heart thump" --
The deluge --
"Wild, free, disorderly, and grotesque" --
A harness for the tiger --
Organized violence --
The fevers of prosperity --
Ride the whirlwind --
Part IV: More stately plunder --
Still bigger bonanzas --
The transportation trap --
Mastering the land --
Boil and bubble --
Part V: The big shift --
The sound of the boom --
New brooms --
Water's dreadful price --
The creakings of the gravy train --
Part VI: Into now --
Double helpings of the same --
The juggernauts --
Protest!
Responsibility: David Lavender ; afterword by the author.
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