979.4: History of California

Items this collection will discuss the history of the state of California. In addition to discussing state history, this collection will also feature books that cover the history of notable cities/towns or places in California (ex. Silicon Valley, Ghost Towns, State/National Parks) as well as significant events (ex. the Gold Rush, Orange County Fair) that occurred in the state.

Updated July 7, 2023
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An American genocide : the United States and the California Indian catastrophe, 1846-1873
Madley, Benjamin
The first full account of the government-sanctioned genocide of California Indians under United States rule   Winner of the 2016 Los Angeles Times Book Award for History and a New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice ...


The Browns of California : the family dynasty that transformed a state and shaped a nation
Pawel, Miriam
"Miriam Pawel's fascinating book . . . illuminates the sea change in the nation's politics in the last half of the 20th century."--New York Times Book Review California Book Award Gold Medal Winner * Finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize * A...


California : an American history
Faragher, John Mack
A concise and lively history of California, the most multicultural state in the nation   "A masterful history."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)   "Faragher takes the reader on a captivating journey through myriad...


The golden shore : California's love affair with the sea
Helvarg, David
ADenver PostBestseller ABooklistTop Literary Travel Book of the Year From the first human settlements to the latest marine explorations,The Golden Shoretells the tale of the history, culture, and changing nature of California's coasts and ocean....


It happened in Hollywood : remarkable events that shaped history
Schiller, Gerald A.
From the day in 1893 that Gigi and Hobart Johnstone Whitley stood on a hill overlooking the area they christened "Hollywood," to modern-day tales of murder and mayhem, It Happened in Hollywood recounts in thirty short episodes the behind-the-scenes events that shaped...


The king and queen of Malibu : the true story of the battle for paradise
Randall, David K.
New York Times best-selling author David K. Randall spins a remarkable tale of the American West and the desire of one couple to preserve paradise. Frederick and May Rindge, the unlikely couple whose love story propelled Malibu's transformation from an untamed ranch in the...


The poker bride : the first Chinese in the Wild West
Corbett, Christopher.
When gold rush fever gripped the globe in 1849, thousands of Chinese immigrants came through San Francisco seeking fortune. In The Poker Bride, Christopher Corbett uses a little-known Idaho legend as a lens into this Chinese experience. Before 1849, the Chinese in the United States were...


Rock me on the water : 1974 : the year Los Angeles transformed movies, music, television, and politics
Brownstein, Ronald
New York Times Bestseller Editors' Choice --New York Times Book Review In this exceptional cultural history, Atlantic Senior Editor Ronald Brownstein--"one of America's best political journalists" (The Economist)--tells the kaleidoscopic story of...


Water to the angels : William Mulholland, his monumental aqueduct, and the rise of Los Angeles
Standiford, Les
The author of Last Train to Paradise tells the story of the largest public water project ever created--William Mulholland's Los Angeles aqueduct--a story of Gilded Age ambition, hubris, greed, and one determined man who's vision shaped the future and continues to impact us today. In 1907,...

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