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The History of California
Reading Group

Here is the complete reading list for our group. Our group is focused on the period from c.1700 - 1980.

  • California: A History by Andrew Rolle and Arthur C. Verge
  • California: A History by Kevin Starr
  • Americans and the California Dream, 1850-1915 by Kevin Starr
  • Inventing the Dream: California through the Progressive Era by Kevin Starr
  • Material Dreams: Southern California through the 1920s by Kevin Starr
  • Endangered Dreams: The Great Depression in California by Kevin Starr
  • The Dream Endures: California Enters the 1940s by Kevin Starr
  • Embattled Dreams: California in War and Peace, 1940-1950 by Kevin Starr
  • Golden Dreams: California in an Age of Abundance, 1950-1963 by Kevin Starr
  • The Age of Gold: The California Gold Rush and the New American Dream by H.W. Brands
  • History of Alta California: A Memoir of Mexican California by Antonio Maria Osio (Author), Robert M. Senkewicz (Contributor), Rose Marie Beebe (Contributor)
  • Decline of the Californios: A Social History of the Spanish-Speaking Californias, 1846-1890 by Leonard Pitt and Ramon A. Gutierrez
  • Negotiating Conquest: Gender and Power in California, 1770s to 1880s by Miroslava Chávez-García
  • California Conquered: The Annexation of a Mexican Province, 1846-1850 by Neal Harlow
  • Murder State: California's Native American Genocide, 1846-1873 by Brendan C. Lindsay
  • Land in California: The Story of Mission Lands, Ranchos, Squatters, Mining Claims, Railroad Grants, Land Scrip, Homesteads by W. W. Robinson
  • Lands of Promise and Despair: Chronicles of Early California, 1535-1846 by Rose Marie Beebe and Robert M. Senkewicz
  • Testimonios: Early California through the Eyes of Women, 1815-1848 by Rose Marie Beebe and Robert M. Senkewicz
  • The Cattle on a Thousand Hills: Southern California, 1850-1880 by Robert Glass Cleland
  • The Associates: Four Capitalists Who Created California by Richard Rayner
  • California's Prodigal Sons: Hiram Johnson and the Progressives 1911-1917 by Spencer C. Olin
  • A Bloc of One: The Political Career of Hiram W. Johnson by Richard Lower
  • Southern California: An Island on the Land by Carey McWilliams
  • Popular Culture in the Age of White Flight: Fear and Fantasy in Suburban Los Angeles by Eric Avila
  • The Fragmented Metropolis: Los Angeles, 1850-1930 by Robert M. Fogelson
  • The Reluctant Metropolis: The Politics of Urban Growth in Los Angeles by William Fulton
  • Barons of Labor: The San Francisco Building Trades and Union Power in the Progressive Era by Michael Kazin
  • The World Rushed In: The California Gold Rush Experience by J. S. Holliday
  • The California Gold Rush and the Coming of the Civil War by Leonard L. Richards
  • Becoming Mexican American: Ethnicity, Culture, and Identity in Chicano Los Angeles, 1900-1945 by George J. Sanchez
  • Making Ethnic Choices: California's Punjabi Mexican Americans by Karen Leonard
  • Rush to Gold by Malcolm J. Rohrbough
  • My Blue Heaven: Life and Politics in the Working-Class Suburbs of Los Angeles, 1920-1965 by Becky M. Nicolaides
  • They Saw the Elephant: Women in the California Gold Rush by JoAnn Levy
  • Rebirth: Mexican Los Angeles from the Great Migration to the Great Depression by Douglas Monroy
  • Growing Up Nisei: Race, Generation, and Culture among Japanese Americans of California, 1924-49 by David K. Yoo
  • American Exodus: The Dust Bowl Migration and Okie Culture in California by James N. Gregory
  • Making Lemonade out of Lemons: Mexican American Labor and Leisure in a California Town 1880-1960 by Jose M. Alamillo
  • The Color of America Has Changed: How Racial Diversity Shaped Civil Rights Reform in California, 1941-1978 by Mark Brilliant
  • The Devil in Silicon Valley: Northern California, Race, and Mexican Americans by Stephen J. Pitti
  • Intimate Frontiers: Sex, Gender, and Culture in Old California by Albert L. Hurtado
  • The Bad City in the Good War: San Francisco, Los Angeles, Oakland, and San Diego by Roger W. Lotchin
  • Conquests and Historical Identities in California, 1769-1936 by Lisbeth Haas
  • The Four Immigrants Manga : A Japanese Experience in San Francisco, 1904-1924 by Henry Kiyama and Frederik L. Schodt
  • The Anza Trail and the Settling of California by Vladimir Guerrero
  • Farming the Home Place: A Japanese Community in California, 1919-1982 by Valerie J. Matsumoto
  • Only What We Could Carry: The Japanese American Internment Experience by Lawson Fusao Inada
  • An Empire of Their Own: How the Jews Invented Hollywood by Neal Gabler
  • Trampling Out the Vintage: Cesar Chavez and the Two Souls of the United Farm Workers by Frank Bardacke
  • Cesar Chavez: A Biography by Roger Bruns
  • Cesar Chavez and the Common Sense of Nonviolence by José-Antonio Orosco
  • Young Nixon and His Rivals: Four California Republicans Eye the White House, 1946-1958 by James Worthen
  • The First to Cry Down Injustice?: Western Jews and Japanese Removal During WWII by Ellen M. Eisenberg
  • Reagan: The Life by H.W. Brands
  • Upton Sinclair: California Socialist, Celebrity Intellectual by Lauren Coodley
  • Dutch: A Memoir of Ronald Reagan by Edmund Morris
  • The Politics of Prejudice: The Anti-Japanese Movement in California and the Struggle for Japanese Exclusion by Roger Daniels
  • The Anti-Chinese Movement in California by Elmer Sandmeyer
  • The Indispensable Enemy: Labor and the Anti-Chinese Movement in California by Alexander Saxton
  • L.A. City Limits: African American Los Angeles from the Great Depression to the Present by Josh Sides
  • Whitewashed Adobe: The Rise of Los Angeles and the Remaking of Its Mexican Past by William Deverell
  • Thrown Among Strangers: The Making of Mexican Culture in Frontier California by Douglas Monroy
  • Life and Adventures of Joaquin Murieta: Celebrated California Bandit by John Rollin Ridge and Yellow Bird
  • The Joaquín Band: The History behind the Legend by Lori Lee Wilson
  • Searching for Joaquin: Myth, Murieta and History in California by Bruce Thorton
  • Gold Dust and Gunsmoke: Tales of Gold Rush Outlaws, Gunfighters, Lawmen, and Vigilantes by John Boessenecker
  • A Frontier Lady: Recollections of the Gold Rush and Early California by Sarah Royce
  • Many Californias: Literature from the Golden State by Gerald W. Haslam (Editor)
  • The Great Central Valley: California's Heartland by Stephen Johnson, Gerald Haslam and Robert Dawson
  • The Other California: The Great Central Valley In Life And Letters by Gerald W. Haslam
  • Highway 99: A Literary Journey Through California's Great Central Valley by Stan Yogi (Editor)
  • Garden of the Sun: A History of the San Joaquin Valley, 1772-1939 by Wallace Smith (Author), William B Secrest (Editor)
  • Roaring Camp: The Social World of the California Gold Rush by Susan Lee Johnson
  • So Far from Home: Russians in Early California by Glenn J. Farris
  • California Through Russian Eyes, 1806–1848 by James R. Gibson (Editor)
  • Radical L.A.: From Coxey's Army to the Watts Riots, 1894-1965 by Errol Wayne Stevens
  • Fire This Time: The Watts Uprising And The 1960s by Gerald Horne
  • Catching Hell In The City Of Angels: Life And Meanings Of Blackness In South Central Los Angeles by Joao H. Costa Vargas
  • Seeking El Dorado: African Americans in California by Lawrence B. de Graaf, Kevin Mulroy, Quintard Taylor (Editors)
  • The Golden State in the Civil War: Thomas Starr King, the Republican Party, and the Birth of Modern California by Glenna Matthews
  • American Heathens: Religion, Race, and Reconstruction in California by Joshua Paddison
  • L.A. Noir: The Struggle for the Soul of America's Most Seductive City by John Buntin
  • Los Angeles: Portrait of a City by David L Ulin and Kevin Starr
  • Water to the Angels: William Mulholland, His Monumental Aqueduct, and the Rise of Los Angeles by Les Standiford
  • Golden Gate: The Life and Times of America's Greatest Bridge? by Kevin Starr
  • Bear Flag Rising: The Conquest of California, 1846 Dale L. Walker
  • Bear Flag and Bay State in the Civil War: The Californians of the Second Massachusetts Cavalry by Thomas E. Parson
  • This Land Was Mexican Once: Histories of Resistance from Northern California by Linda Heidenreich
  • Orange Empire: California and the Fruits of Eden by Douglas Cazaux Sackman
  • Freedom's Frontier: California and the Struggle over Unfree Labor, Emancipation, and Reconstruction by Stacey L. Smith
  • Contested Eden: California Before the Gold Rush by Ramón A. Gutiérrez (Editor), Richard J. Orsi (Editor)
  • What's Going On?: California and the Vietnam Era by Marcia A. Eymann (Editor), Charles Wollenberg (Editor)
  • Berkeley at War: The 1960s by W.J. Rorabaugh
  • At Berkeley in the Sixties: The Making of an Activist by Jo Freeman
  • Doing Time in the Depression: Everyday Life in Texas and California Prisons by Ethan Blue
  • Journey to the Sun: Junipero Serra's Dream and the Founding of California by Gregory Orfalea
  • Junipero Serra: California's Founding Father by Steven W. Hackel
  • Junípero Serra: California, Indians, and the Transformation of a Missionary by Rose Marie Beebe and Robert M. Senkewicz
  • The Other Californians: Prejudice and Discrimination Under Spain, Mexico and the U.S.to 1920 by Robert F. Heizer (Editor), M.A. Whipple (Editor)
  • The California Indians: A Source Book by Robert F. Heizer (Editor), M. A. Whipple (Editor)
  • California Indians and Their Environment: An Introduction by Kent G. Lightfoot and Otis Parrish
  • Indians, Missionaries, and Merchants: The Legacy of Colonial Encounters on the California Frontiers by Kent G. Lightfoot
  • Lands of Promise and Despair: Chronicles of Early California, 1535-1846 by Rose Marie Beebe and Robert M. Senkewicz
  • The Early Ethnography of the Kumeyaay by M. Steven Shackley
  • Chiefs and Challengers: Indian Resistance and Cooperation in Southern California, 1769–1906 by George Harwood Phillips
  • Converting California: Indians and Franciscans in the Missions by James A. Sandos
  • The Ohlone Way: Indian Life in the San Francisco-Monterey Bay Area by Malcolm Margolin
  • Converting California: Indians and Franciscans in the Missions by James A. Sandos
  • Indians, Franciscans, and Spanish Colonization: The Impact of the Mission System on California Indians by Robert H. Jackson and Edward Castillo
  • The Destruction of California Indians by Robert F. Heizer
  • The Ethnohistory of the Chowchilla Yokuts by Robert Fletcher Manlove
  • Indian Summer: Traditional Life Among the Choinumne Indians of Califronia's Central Valley by Thomas J. Mayfield
  • The Destruction of California Indians by Robert F. Heizer (Editor)
  • Indian Survival on the California Frontier by Albert L. Hurtado
  • Indians of California: The Changing Image by James J. Rawls
  • Exterminate Them: Written Accounts of the Murder, Rape, and Enslavement of Native Americans during the California Gold Rush by Clifford E. Trafzer (Editor), Joel R. Hyer (Editor)