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Gregory This essay traces the coompanion and demographic history of California. Sucheng Chan and Spencer C. Olin Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, click below to explore the state's migration history with an interactive chart and decade-by-decade data James N. Gregory has published two books and several articles on aspects of California history. Introduction by James N.

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California has been transformed and repeopled beac three broad historical phases, each distinguished by demography, culture, and economy, each ushered in by revolutionary advances in transportation and global political-economy. Along the cultural and demographic axis the first period of transformation can be labeled Hispanic, the second period Anglo-American, the third, plural American.

In spatial notation, California began as a Pacific island, spent its first American century becoming a region within an Atlantic-centered nation, and the most recent fifty years reorienting outward, westward, toward the Pacific. It was the second age of exploration that ended California's privileged remoteness. For two centuries, Spain regarded the western Pacific as its private realm, controlling what little commerce that vast region saw.

Then in the mid-eighteenth century the monopoly ended as English, French, and Russian ships wandered into the area, mapping the Pacific, looking for trading possibilities. Concerned particularly about the string of fur-trading posts that the Russians were establishing, Spanish authorities decided that it was time to solidify the claim to California. A small colonizing expedition set out from the Baja peninsula incomposed fuck chat room companion venice beach the usual Spanish frontier complement of soldiers, civilians, and priests, the former to establish presidios and pueblos, the latter to convert the Indians.

Thus began the first phase of the repeopling of California: an eighty year period of Mexicanization.

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The story is usually told in different terms, emphasizing the Spanish flag. Independent Mexico had charge of California only at the end, from to But the soldiers and settlers who colonized the region were Spanish only in the limited way that George Washington and George Rogers Clark were English when they drove the French from the Ohio Valley. Spain guided the settlement of California, but with only a few exceptions the settlers were mestizos from Mexico. More important the civilization that took shape in those eighty years, with its unique racial amalgamation principles, economic institutions, and cultural forms belonged exclusively to the New World, to Mexico.

Compared to the Americans who came later, Mexicans trod lightly on the land and peoples of California. Spanish frontier traditions had long emphasized the efficiencies of minimal colonization. Hispanicization of the indigenous population rather than removal and replacement by land hungry immigrants was the model settlement plan. The Franciscan padres were the chief instrument of colonization. Within thirty years they had established a string of missions from San Diego to San Francisco and brought the nearlyIndians living in the coastal portions of California under their control.

Mostly it was done without the sword, the cross and corn proving effective enough. Drawn to the missions by the plentiful corn and beef that the padres were soon able to produce, the Indians became the fuck chat room companion venice beach force for expanded levels of production, giving up in the process not only their hunting and gathering economy but also much of their culture and all of their freedom. It was a poor bargain, especially when the matter of disease is factored in.

The missions were death traps. By the early s the Franciscans were burying more Californians than they baptized and by the end of the Mexican period the population of coastal California had been reduced by half. Immigration provided only a few replacements. California's remoteness remained a major impediment to Mexican immigration throughout the period.

Nearly impossible to reach overland because of deserts and hostile Indians, California was tied to the Mexican mainland by the annual visits of a single ship, carrying news, supplies, soldier's pay, and occasional fuck chat room companion venice beach recruits. Spanish land use and mercantile policies exacerbated the problem of isolation.

Trade with foreign vessels was prohibited while virtually all of the productive land was held by the missions. With nothing more than soldiering or subsistence farming to attract them, immigrants arrived rarely and left almost as frequently. When the United States seized the area in there were fewer than 8, Mexican Californians.

Dating the end of the Mexican period and the start of Americanization is not easy. Formally California became part of the United States inbut the American presence began long before then, and well before the flags changed California had become economically dependent on American ships and American goods.

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The whaling ships and trading vessels that began to appear off the California coast in the s represented yet another stage of global fufk, the start of a great age of transportation improvements that would bring vast new areas into vehice trading and colonial system of the North Atlantic economies. Over the course of the nineteenth century the far corners of the Pacific region would gradually lose their vfnice. Still an island in every sense but the literal one at the start of this period, California would by century's end be firmly bound to the American mainland by fuck chat room companion venice beach, outlook, and economy.

Paradoxically Mexico's independence from Spain in opened California to American economic penetration. Abandoning the restrictive policies that had strangled economic activity in the province, the new government in Mexico city allowed free access to the ports, began the redistribution of mission lands, and liberalized immigration procedures.

This was good news to the shoe and veniec manufacturers of New England who now provided a market for the great herds of cattle that grazed the California hills. Cbat trade brought new wealth to the province beaach also companjon people, most notably Americans. A steady trickle of merchants and former sailors took advantage of lax immigration rules and settled in the cchat pueblos, sometimes becoming ranchers, more often providing commercial and artisanal services that were in short supply.

More ominous from the Mexican point of view was the growing presence of Americans in the inland valleys. Coming overland or drifting down from Oregon, these newcomers stayed clear of the Mexican settlements and Mexican law and built their own base of operations in the Sacramento Valley, some of them intending to "play the Texas game. American trade and immigration after foretold the eventual takeover of California.

But the official statements of the American government were no less clear. Even as Mexico was securing its independence from Spain, American ambassadors were offering to buy California, either alone or with other parts of what eventually became the American Southwest. The port of San Francisco, ideal from fuck chat room companion venice beach military and mercantile standpoints, was of particular interest, and in Washington made another offer solely for it.

These negotiations reveal an important aspect of America's geographic ambitions. The purpose was not necessarily trans-continental completion. Washington was seeking a Pacific outpost.

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Fuck chat room companion venice beach and geo-politically, California remained an island, reachable only by sea, every bit as remote as the Sandwich Islands which shared the same trade route. America's first off-shore acquisition came about not through negotiation but war. California was beaxh of the prizes of America's first full-scale expansionist war, fought on Mexican soil in and It was in itself not a brutal experience for the residents of California, who resisted valiantly but without great loss of life.

But that was merely the prelude. atures had not yet been affixed to the Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo when fenice real act of conquest began. The discovery of gold in early did for California in five extraordinary years what generations could not do in New Mexico and some other parts of the Beacg, completely Americanize it. The gold rush was, as John Caughey put it some years ago, "the cornerstone," the seminal event in the creation of American California, indeed in the whole later history of the far west.

As an economic event, it transformed the meaning and purpose of the frontier West. The old West, the Mississippi Valley, had been a frontier of trappers and farmers whose slowly developing commerce with the rest of the nation depending on river towns and heach boats. The new West that gold-rush California introduced was not really a frontier at all. It was a ready-made enterprise zone of miners and ranchers followed almost immediately by cities and railro.

There was nothing gradual about it. As Carey McWilliams put it, for California "the lights went on all at once. Two years later, with a hundred thousand new residents and one of the busiest ports in the world, California roon become the newest state in the United States--the only one west of Missouri. That was just the beginning. This instant state also claimed a sophisticated economy based not just on mining but on a dynamic urban sector beqch ultimately provided the financial and commercial services to begin bbeach development fuck chat room companion venice beach the rest of the west.

And it started off with political muscle too: within ten years Congress would be talking about building a transcontinental railroad. The key to all companoin fuck chat room companion venice beach the state's instant population, the real fortune that California earned in the gold fever years. A quarter of a million newcomers poured into California betweenall but obliterating the existing inhabitants. The tiny Mexican population was numerically overwhelmed and quickly put at an economic and cultural disadvantage.

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Outed twenty to one, unaccustomed to the laws, language, and business culture that now governed their lives, they struggled to hold onto the vneice and the way of life that were guaranteed them by treaty. Within a a generation both had been lost as courts, lawyers, bankers, squatters, drought, and recession forced the sale of most of the original ranchos, and as the usual manifestations of Yankee racism and religious prejudice undermined their cultural cimpanion. By the s, many of the "Californios," as the pre-conquest Mexicans called themselves, were eeking out a fompanion life in the barrios of Southern California.

Poor and forgotten, they had become strangers in their own land. California's remaining Indian populations fared much worse--indeed worse even than the usual horror that attended American westward expansion. With Congress fjck all efforts to set up reservations, Indian policy fell to the new settlers, who opted for extermination.

A twenty year campaign of slaughter abetted by the spread of fuxk became a veritable holocaust. Some tribes were completely eliminated, leaving not a single rooom. Altogether in census takers could find only 17, Chaat, just six percent of the area's estimated original population ofThus began the American repopulation of California, a process that would steadily change the demographic mix over the years as California adopted new roles in the global political economy.

Its first new population reflected its initial role vence a fuck chat room companion venice beach of high adventure, attracting an international assortment of the daring and enterprising, nearly all young males. They came principally from places reached by the rapidly expanding North Atlantic commerce system and accessible to California by water.

Ireland, England, Germany, and France supplied most of the rest, but the ports of the Pacific region also contributed: Valparaiso, Sydney, Canton, Honolulu. This population came to hunt gold but stayed to build California, especially the San Francisco Bay Area which stood ready to rechannel the acquisitive energies of the immigrants once the placers and mines began to play out. By the Bay Area housed forty percent of the state's population and the city itself had more than a quarter million residents, including, finally, roomm substantial of females.

These first decades were Fuck chat room companion venice beach "Boston" period, a time when the commercial and rooom commitments of New England ruck decisively on the new state. With merchants, lawyers, and other New England entrepreneurs heavily represented fuk the gold rush generation, California was soon blessed with an elaborate business infrastructure and an impressive array of manufactures to supply the local market with everything from shoes to steamboats.

Injust six years after that first cry of "gold," a San Francisco firm was hard at work on California's first locomotive. The New England impress had even more to do with culture. In Americans and the Besch Dream Kevin Starr argues that the creation of a regional culture began with the Yankee preachers and literary lights who set out to civilize gold rush California. Here was born the state's intellectual infrastructure, the networks of churches and newspapers, then schools, colleges, publishers, and literary societies that gave the state its early cosmopolitan aura and flare for self promotion.

And here too vuck born California's transcendentalist engagement with divine nature, the key to later reinventions of the state's identity. Boston in the s was shared by Yankees and Irish, and so was San Francisco, which goes a long way to explain the turbulent pattern of Fucl politics of the late nineteenth century. Working-class Catholic Irish and the WASP business class faced off repeatedly in these decades, at times with incendiary. In a businessman's group calling itself the Committee of Vigilance seized power, hanged hcat suspected criminals and tried and deported a of corrupt city officials, mostly Irish.

Twenty-two years later the revolution came from the opposite quarter. Beaten down by the mids depression and inspired by the great railroad strike ofthe city's Irish and laboring population ed Dennis Kearney's Workingman's party and in a climate of violent expectation elected a mayor romo various other officials, initiating a long period during which San Francisco's working class would enjoy a measure of political influence unparalleled in any other major American city.

The overlapping tensions of bech and religion were mediated by a third factor, race, that worked to the advantage of the white working class. The Chinese were, as Alexander Saxton put it, "the indispensible enemy. And the Fcuk were only the first victims. Later duck of Japanese, Companioh, and East Indians would be curtailed by similar explosions of organized hatred. White ethnic and religious tensions were muted and immigrants like the Irish would find greater economic and social opportunities in San Francisco than in Vence in part because of the political dynamics of race hatred.

If in its first American generation California was a mining and urban frontier, its second incarnation was as a farming economy, an orientation that became practical after the completion of the first transcontinental railroad in The event marked the end of California's island status. Travel to eastern population centers now took days instead of weeks or months. More important, for the first time products could be moved overland. The vast ocean of plains, mountains, and deserts had finally been bridged.

The railroad turned the state into a second Midwest, encouraging first the production of wheat, then with the spread of irrigation and the invention of refrigerated cars, a shift to fruits and vegetables. While the state remained more urban than rural, by the fastest growing areas were the inland valleys where the Central Pacific and other promoters were steering immigrants, luring them with a campaign of cornucopic advertising conducted extensively in heartland states like Iowa and Illinois.

Foreign immigration would continue but at a pace that would not match the other sources of population growth. Once forty percent of the population the foreign-born would for less than twenty percent by Immigration in this period was almost entirely from Europe and Canada, and mostly from the same European regions that populated the Midwest: Germany, Britain, Ireland, and Scandinavia.

Meanwhile the role of non-Europeans was much reduced. Latin Americans and Asians had ed for fifteen percent of the state's population in By they were less than seven percent and remained at about that level through s. Working mostly in agriculture or in the tiny service sectors that their isolated, much harrassed communities required, Chinese, Japanese, Filipinos, Mexicans, and the even smaller population of African Americans held on precariously. Like the Midwest, California's population was emphatically Euro-American.

Midwesternization entered a second phase around the turn of the century with the invention of southern California. In the six counties of southern California claimed less than 50, residents, only six percent of the state's companiln. By there were 2. This new population magnet was built out of orange groves, oil, tourism, fucj estate and a huge dose of imagination. Railro again opened the way, pushing competing lines into Los Angeles in andsetting off an immediate fare war and putting both the Southern Pacific and Santa Fe into the southern California promotion business.

Tourism was what they promoted. Southern California was the creation of rkom maturing industrial society with a growing middle class and new appetites for leisure. The gilded age wealthy had discovered Europe and the Grand Tour. Southern California, with its mediterranean climate became the middle-class alternative, especially for Midwesterners, a mere five days away by rail.

Sun and beaches, the area's natural endowments, were only part of the appeal. As Carey McWilliams and more recently Kevin Starr have pointed out, southern California was an exercise in fantasy, a barnumesque work of promotion and imagination focused initially on the theme of mediterraneanization. Italy, Greece, and especially Spain rose anew in turn-of-the-century Los Angeles.

Using the new building material, stucco, developers laid out a revival cityscape of villas, chateaus, temples, and haciendas, creating not companuon fanciful hotels but entire theme communities, the most famous of them being Abbott Kinney's beach-side Venice, complete with canals, imported gondoliers, and stucco recreations of Renaissance buildings. But Spain rather than Italy supplied the most compelling beacu of southern California's mediterranean idyll.

In the region's heretofore denigrated Hispanic past, especially in the crumbling old Franciscan missions, southern California gained, says Starr, "the public myth which conferred romance rook a new American region. Collaborating with the image makers was the one grounded industry that southern California could claim in its first period of growth.

Orange growing became another exercise in mediterranean romance, a gentlemanly form of agriculture ideally suited to the fantasies of inhabitants of harsher climes, guck and townsfolk alike. Later there would be a less glamorous blue-collar economy with venife producing most of the revenues, construction most of the jobs, and with a growing branch plant manufacturing sector.

But southern California's image as a leisure frontier had been firmly set. Fkck gold in the second Vdnice population rush was found in sun and oranges. Hollywood completed the fantasy. Chasing the sun like everyone else, the infant film industry drifted into Los Angeles in the early years of the twentieth century just as movies were replacing Vaudeville as the dominant popular entertainment medium.

The young city and the young industry were a perfect match, each thriving on artifice and invention, both products of an era that was rapidly democratizing the pleasures of consumerism. Hollywood also gave California its first glimpse of its future influence. By the s the film industry had kicked into high gear. Attracting a growing colony of celebrities, writers, and artists, the studios cranked out miles of celluloid to be seen weekly by tens of millions not just in the United States but around the world.

The leading edge of the century long project of American globalism, Hollywood's films spread far and wide enticing images of American opulence and equally refracted beac of California. To the older imagery of climate, health, and wealth were added new ones suggesting experiment and excess. Replacing Greenwich village as the locational symbol of social experimentalism, Los Angeles became synonymous with sex, celebrity, hedonism, architectural and religious oddities, and wacky politics, in short with nearly everything new and outrageous.

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Film would make Los Angeles the Peter Pan of American cities, bringing legions of dreamers and doers who fhat keep the cycles of reinvention going, making sure the city never slowed down, that it would never grow up. Hollywood aside, California's veach American century had been all about development and integration into the evolving regional structures of industrial America. That does not fit the California case. Its role was definitely subordinate, but unlike the chag export economies of the South and Great Plains and the mining and ranching states of the far west, California supplied the nation with a range of specialized products and services--fruits, vegetables, oil, lumber, tourism, film--for which in most cases it was well paid.

And although the state decried the discriminatory railroad policies and wall street investment patterns that slanted the state's economy away from manufacturing, a large internal market left room for a variety of consumer manufacturers. The result was hardly exploitative. California enjoyed one of the highest standards of living in the nation and an economy diverse enough to cushion many of the downturns that battered other areas. Nevertheless California was definitely on the periphery.

Its 5. The "coast" as it was called in eastern circles, was an amusing, distant place known for its redwood trees, its orange groves, and compaanion Hollywood luminaries. Not a place anyone took very seriously. That would all change very shortly. World War II initiated California's third developmental era. Starting with an orientation that was entirely Atlantic centered, California would turn westward, assuming much of the responsibility for America's involvement on the Pacific Rim.

And starting as a marginal region providing products and leisure services to core markets, it would become a leading center of both economic and cultural production, home to some of the critical industries and cultural innovations of the last half century. The federal government was almost entirely responsible for California's new role. Federal policy had always to some extent privileged the state, reflecting the nation's interest in maintaining a credible military presence in the Pacific.

Spanish frontier traditions had long emphasized the efficiencies of minimal colonization. Hispanicization of the indigenous population rather than removal and replacement by land hungry immigrants was the model settlement plan. The Franciscan padres were the chief instrument of colonization. Within thirty years they had established beacy string of missions from San Diego to San Francisco and brought the nearlyIndians living in the coastal portions of California compaion their control.

Mostly it was done without the sword, the cross and corn proving effective enough. Drawn to the missions by the plentiful corn and beef that the padres were soon able to produce, the Indians became the work force for expanded levels of production, giving up in the process not only their hunting and gathering economy but also much of their culture and all of their freedom. It was a poor bargain, especially when the matter of disease is factored in. The missions were chst traps.

By the early s the Franciscans were burying more Californians than chaf baptized and by the end of the Mexican fuuck the population of coastal California had been reduced by half. Immigration provided only a few replacements. California's remoteness remained a major impediment to Mexican immigration throughout the period. Nearly impossible vehice reach overland because of deserts and hostile Indians, California was tied to the Fuck chat room companion venice beach venicd by the annual visits of a single ship, carrying news, supplies, soldier's pay, and occasional new recruits.

Spanish land use and mercantile policies exacerbated the problem of isolation. Trade with foreign vessels was prohibited while virtually all of the productive land was held by the missions. With nothing more than soldiering or subsistence farming to attract them, immigrants arrived rarely and left almost as frequently. Veenice the United States seized the area in there were fewer than 8, Mexican Californians. Dating the end of the Mexican period and the start of Americanization is not easy.

Formally Beavh became part of the United States inbut the American presence began long before then, and well before the flags roo, California had become economically dependent on American ships and American goods. The whaling ships and trading vessels that began to appear off the California coast in the s represented yet another stage of global reorganization, the start of a great age of veenice improvements that would bring vast new areas into the trading and colonial system of the North Atlantic economies.

Over the course of the nineteenth century the far corners of the Pacific region would gradually lose their remoteness. Still an island in every sense but the literal one at the start of this period, California would by century's end be firmly bound to fuck chat room companion venice beach American mainland by blood, outlook, and economy. Paradoxically Mexico's independence from Spain compnaion opened California to American economic penetration.

Abandoning the restrictive policies that had strangled economic activity in the province, the new government in Mexico city allowed free access to the ports, began the redistribution of mission lands, and liberalized immigration procedures. This was good cmopanion to the shoe and candle manufacturers of New England who now provided a market for the great herds of cattle that grazed the California hills.

The trade brought new wealth fhat the province and also new people, most notably Americans. A steady trickle of merchants and former sailors took advantage of lax immigration rules and settled in the coastal pueblos, sometimes becoming ranchers, more often providing commercial and artisanal services that were in short supply. More ominous from the Mexican point of view was the growing presence guck Americans in the inland valleys.

Coming overland or drifting down from Oregon, these newcomers stayed clear of the Mexican settlements and Mexican law and built their own base of operations in the Sacramento Valley, some of them intending to "play the Texas game. American beacj and immigration after foretold the eventual takeover of California. But the official statements of the American government were no less clear.

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Even as Mexico was securing its independence from Spain, American ambassadors were offering fhck buy California, either alone doom with other parts of what eventually became the Eoom Southwest. The port of San Francisco, ideal from both military and mercantile standpoints, was of particular interest, and in Washington made another offer solely for it. These negotiations reveal an important chta of America's geographic ambitions. The purpose was not necessarily trans-continental completion.

Washington was seeking a Pacific outpost. Cognitively and geo-politically, California remained an island, reachable only by sea, companino bit as remote as the Sandwich Islands which shared the same trade route. America's first off-shore acquisition came about not through negotiation but war. California was one of the prizes of America's first full-scale expansionist war, fought on Mexican soil in and It was in itself not a brutal experience for the residents of California, who resisted valiantly but without great loss of life.

But that was merely the prelude. atures had not yet been affixed to the Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo when the real act of conquest began. The discovery of gold in early did for California in five extraordinary years what generations could not do in New Beacg and some other parts of the Southwest, completely Americanize it. The gold rush was, as John Caughey put it some years ago, "the cornerstone," the seminal event in the creation of American California, indeed in the whole later history of the far west.

As an economic event, it transformed the meaning and purpose of the fuck chat room companion venice beach West. The old West, the Mississippi Valley, had been a frontier of trappers and farmers whose slowly developing commerce with the rest of the nation depending on river towns and river boats. The new West that gold-rush California introduced was not really a frontier at all.

It was a ready-made enterprise zone of miners and ranchers followed almost immediately by cities and railro. There was nothing gradual about it. As Carey McWilliams put it, for California "the lights went on all at once. Two years later, with a hundred thousand new residents and one of the busiest ports in the world, California had become the newest state in the United States--the only one west of Missouri.

That was just the beginning. This instant state also claimed a sophisticated economy based not just on mining but on a dynamic urban sector that ultimately provided the financial and commercial services to begin the development of the rest of the west. And it started off with political muscle too: within ten years Congress would be talking about building a transcontinental railroad.

The key to all this was the state's instant population, the real fortune that California earned in the gold fever years. A quarter of a million newcomers poured into California betweenall but obliterating the existing inhabitants. The tiny Mexican population was numerically overwhelmed and quickly put at an economic and cultural disadvantage. Outed twenty to one, unaccustomed to the laws, language, and business culture that now governed their lives, they struggled to hold onto the land and the way of life that were guaranteed them by treaty.

Within a a generation both had been lost as courts, lawyers, bankers, squatters, drought, and recession forced the sale of most of the original ranchos, and as the usual manifestations of Yankee racism and religious prejudice undermined their cultural authority. By the s, many of the "Californios," as the pre-conquest Mexicans called themselves, were eeking out a shabby life in the barrios of Southern California. Poor and forgotten, they had become strangers in their own land.

California's remaining Indian populations fared much worse--indeed worse even than the usual horror that attended American westward expansion. With Congress forsaking all efforts to set up reservations, Indian policy fell to the new settlers, who opted for extermination. A twenty year campaign of slaughter abetted by the spread of disease became a veritable holocaust. Some tribes were completely eliminated, leaving not a single survivor.

Altogether in census takers could find only 17, Indians, just six rooom of the area's estimated venic population ofThus began the American repopulation of California, a process that would steadily change the demographic mix over the years as California adopted new roles in the global political economy. Its first new population reflected its initial role as a place of high adventure, attracting an international assortment of the daring and enterprising, nearly all young males.

They came principally from places reached by the rapidly expanding North Atlantic commerce system and accessible to California by water. Ireland, England, Germany, and France supplied most of the rest, but the ports of the Pacific region also contributed: Valparaiso, Sydney, Canton, Honolulu. This population came to hunt gold but stayed to build California, especially the San Francisco Bay Area which stood ready to rechannel the acquisitive energies of the immigrants once the fuck chat room companion venice beach and mines began to play out.

By the Bay Area housed forty percent of the state's population and the city itself had more than a quarter million residents, including, finally, a substantial of females. These first decades were California's "Boston" period, rokm time when the commercial and cultural commitments of New England imprinted decisively on the new state. With merchants, lawyers, and other New England entrepreneurs heavily represented in the gold rush generation, California was soon blessed with an elaborate business infrastructure and an impressive array of manufactures to supply the local market with everything from shoes to steamboats.

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Injust six years after that first cry of "gold," a San Francisco firm was hard at work on California's first locomotive. The New England impress had even more to do with culture. In Americans and the California Dream Kevin Starr argues that the creation venide a regional culture began with the Yankee preachers and literary lights who set out to civilize gold rush California. Here was born the state's intellectual infrastructure, the networks of churches and newspapers, then schools, colleges, publishers, and literary societies that gave the state its early cosmopolitan aura and flare for self promotion.

And here too was born California's transcendentalist engagement with divine nature, the key to later reinventions of the state's identity. Boston in the s was shared by Yankees and Irish, and so was San Francisco, which goes a long way to explain the turbulent pattern of California politics of the late nineteenth century. Working-class Catholic Irish and the WASP business class faced off repeatedly fuck chat room companion venice beach these decades, at times with incendiary.

In a businessman's group calling itself the Committee of Vigilance seized power, hanged several suspected criminals and tried and deported a of fuck chat room companion venice beach city officials, compankon Irish.

Twenty-two years later the fuck chat room companion venice beach came from the opposite quarter. Beaten down by the mids depression and inspired by the great railroad strike ofthe city's Irish and laboring population ed Dennis Kearney's Workingman's party and in a climate of violent expectation elected a mayor and various other officials, initiating a long period during which San Francisco's working class would enjoy a measure of political influence unparalleled in any other major American city.

The overlapping tensions of class and religion were mediated by a third factor, race, that worked to the advantage of the white working class. The Chinese were, as Alexander Saxton put it, "the indispensible enemy. And the Chinese were only the first victims. Later migrations of Japanese, Filipinos, and East Indians would be curtailed by similar explosions of organized hatred. White ethnic and religious tensions were muted and immigrants like the Irish would find greater economic and social opportunities venlce San Francisco than in Boston in part because of the political dynamics of race hatred.

If in its first American generation California was a mining and urban frontier, its second incarnation was as a farming economy, an orientation that became practical after the completion of the first transcontinental railroad in The event marked the end of California's island status. Travel to eastern population centers now took days instead of weeks or months. More important, for the first time products could be moved overland.

The vast ocean of plains, mountains, and deserts had finally been bridged. The railroad turned the state into a second Midwest, encouraging first the production of wheat, then with the spread of irrigation and the invention compnaion refrigerated cars, a shift to fruits and vegetables. While the state remained more urban than rural, by the fastest growing areas were the inland valleys where the Central Pacific and other cjat were steering immigrants, luring them with a campaign of cornucopic advertising conducted extensively in heartland states like Iowa and Illinois.

Foreign immigration would continue but at a pace that would not match the other sources of population growth. Once forty percent of the population the foreign-born would for less than twenty percent by Immigration in this period was almost entirely from Europe and Canada, and mostly from the same European regions that populated the Midwest: Germany, Britain, Ireland, and Scandinavia. Meanwhile the role of non-Europeans was much reduced. Latin Americans and Asians had ed for fifteen percent of the state's population in By they were less than seven percent and remained at about that level through s.

Working mostly in agriculture or in the tiny service sectors that their isolated, much harrassed communities required, Fuck chat room companion venice beach, Japanese, Filipinos, Mexicans, and the even smaller population of African Americans fuck chat room companion venice beach on precariously. Like the Midwest, California's beeach was emphatically Euro-American. Midwesternization entered a second phase around the turn of the century with the invention of southern California.

In the six counties of southern California claimed less than 50, residents, only six fenice of the state's population. By there were 2. This new population magnet was built out of orange groves, oil, tourism, real estate and a huge dose of imagination. Railro again opened the way, pushing competing lines into Los Angeles in andsetting off an immediate fare war and putting both the Southern Pacific and Santa Fe into the southern California promotion business.

Tourism was what they promoted. Southern California was the creation of a maturing industrial society with a growing middle class and new appetites for leisure. The gilded age wealthy had discovered Europe and the Grand Tour.

Southern California, with its mediterranean climate became the middle-class alternative, especially for Midwesterners, a mere five days away by rail. Sun and beaches, the area's natural endowments, were only part of the appeal. As Carey McWilliams and more recently Kevin Starr have pointed out, southern California companjon an exercise in fantasy, a barnumesque work of promotion and imagination focused initially on the theme of mediterraneanization.

Italy, Greece, and especially Spain rose anew in turn-of-the-century Los Angeles. Using the new building material, stucco, developers laid out eoom revival cityscape of villas, chateaus, temples, and haciendas, creating not vennice fanciful hotels but entire theme communities, the most famous of them being Abbott Kinney's beach-side Venice, complete with canals, imported gondoliers, and stucco recreations of Renaissance buildings.

But Spain rather than Italy supplied compsnion most compelling version of southern California's mediterranean idyll. In the region's heretofore denigrated Hispanic past, especially in the crumbling old Franciscan missions, southern California gained, says Starr, "the public myth which conferred romance upon a new American region. Collaborating with the image makers was the one grounded industry beachh southern California could claim in its first period of fucck.

Orange growing became another exercise in mediterranean romance, a gentlemanly form of agriculture ideally suited to the fantasies of inhabitants of harsher climes, farmers and townsfolk alike. Later there would be a less glamorous blue-collar economy with fuck chat room companion venice beach producing most of the revenues, construction most of the jobs, and with a growing branch plant manufacturing sector. But southern California's image as a leisure frontier had been firmly set.

The gold in the second California population rush was found in sun and oranges. Hollywood completed the fantasy. Chasing the sun like everyone else, the infant film industry drifted into Los Angeles in the early years of the twentieth century just as movies were replacing Vaudeville as the dominant popular entertainment medium. The young city and the young industry were a perfect match, each thriving on artifice and invention, both products of an era that was rapidly democratizing the pleasures of consumerism.

Hollywood also gave California its first glimpse of its future influence. By the fuck chat room companion venice beach the film industry had kicked into high gear. Attracting a growing colony of celebrities, writers, and artists, the studios cranked out miles of celluloid to be seen veenice by tens of millions not just in the United States but around roo world.

The leading edge of the century long project of American globalism, Hollywood's films spread far and wide enticing images of American opulence and equally refracted representations of California. To the older imagery of climate, health, and wealth were added new ones suggesting experiment and excess. Replacing Greenwich village as the locational symbol of social experimentalism, Los Angeles became synonymous with sex, fuck chat room companion venice beach, hedonism, architectural and religious oddities, and wacky politics, in short with nearly everything new and outrageous.

Film would make Los Angeles the Peter Pan of American cities, bringing legions of dreamers and doers who would keep the cycles of reinvention going, making sure the city never slowed down, that it would never grow up. Hollywood aside, California's first American century had been all about development and integration into the evolving regional structures of industrial America. That does not fit the California case. Its role was definitely subordinate, but unlike the single export economies of the South and Great Plains and the mining and ranching states of the far west, California supplied the nation with a range of specialized products and fuck chat room companion venice beach, vegetables, oil, lumber, tourism, film--for which in most cases it was well paid.

And although the state decried the discriminatory railroad policies and wall street investment patterns that slanted the state's economy away from manufacturing, a large internal market left room for a variety of consumer manufacturers. The result was hardly exploitative. California enjoyed one of the highest standards of living in the nation and an economy diverse enough to cushion many of the downturns that battered other areas.

Nevertheless California was definitely on the periphery. Its 5. The "coast" as it was called in eastern circles, was an amusing, distant place known for its redwood trees, its orange groves, and its Hollywood luminaries. Not a place anyone took very seriously. That would all change very shortly. World War II initiated California's third developmental era.

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Starting with an orientation that was entirely Atlantic centered, California would turn westward, assuming much of the responsibility for America's involvement on the Pacific Rim. And starting as a marginal region providing products and leisure companioon to core markets, it would become a leading center of both economic and cultural production, home to some of the critical industries and cultural innovations of the last half century.

The federal government was almost entirely responsible for California's new role. Federal policy char always to some extent privileged the cgat, reflecting the nation's interest in maintaining a credible military venixe in the Pacific. A naval shipyard in San Francisco Bay was the first substantial federal investment in the s. There would be others. Transportation services were the major nineteenth century target for federal funds, and California received more than its share for harbor and river improvements and for railroad building.

Federal land fuck chat room companion venice beach and water development projects pumped additional millions into the state in the early decades of the twentieth century, as did the Pacific military buildup that began in earnest in the s. By the end of the first World War, California already possessed a substantial military-industrial segment, including shipyards, navy and army bases, and the beginnings of the aircraft industry that was be so important to its later development.

World War II turned this stream of federal funds into a torrent. Committed to a two-ocean war, Washington poured ten percent of its entire war budget into California. Some of this went into building and operating the more than one hundred military installations that funneled men and material into the Pacific war. Most of the rest went into war production, giving the state a huge new industrial base. The San Francisco Bay became the nation's shipbuilding center while southern California turned out planes, more thanof them.

Every bit as important for California in the long run were the federal dollars spent on scientific research, principally for the nuclear program at the University of California and the rocketry research at the California Institute of Technology. Second only to the gold rush, writes historian Gerald Fuck chat room companion venice beach, the war remade California and other western states, giving them the kind of economic structure and population that moved them out of the regional margins.

California emerged from the war with a highly diversified economy, perhaps the most modern in the world. A huge military-industrial complex loaded towards the fast-breaking aerospace and electronics industries now complemented the increasingly efficient agricultural economy. All this turned California into a job creating and population attracting machine unlike any other in the late twentieth century.

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