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On the Web: Articles

The Frame Around Arnold. George Lakoff, AlterNet (10/13/03). How conservatives use framing to win elections.

The Day of the Locust. Mike Davis, Mother Jones (10/13/03). Analyzes Schwartzenegger victory.

On the Web: Specialized Sites

CA Assembly Asian Pacific Islander Caucus.

CA Assembly Black Caucus.

CA Assembly Democratic Caucus.

CA Assembly Latino Caucus.

CA Assembly LGTB Caucus.

CA Assembly Republican Caucus.

California Clean Money Campaign.

Comment on an Assembly Bill.

In the Library: Articles

Brudnoy, David. "Race & the San Francisco School Board incident: contemporary evaluations," in R. Olmsted & C. Wollenberg (eds.) Neither Separate nor Equal (Sacramento, 1971), pp. 75-92.

Butts, Mickey. "CA dreaming," In These Times (10/31/94):18-20. Ballot initiative campaign for single-payer health insurance in 1994.

De Groot, Gerard J. "Ronald Reagan & student unrest in CA," Pacific Historical Review 65 (1996):107-29.

Deverell, William. "Privileging the Mission over the Mexican: the rise of regional identity in Southern CA," in Wrobel & Steiner (eds.) Many Wests: Place, Culture, & Regional Identity (Lawrence: U. of Kansas, 1997).

Fisher, James A. "The political development of the Black community in CA, 1850-1950," in R. Olmsted & C. Wollenberg (eds.) Neither Separate nor Equal (Sacramento, 1971), pp. 36-46.

Hertzberg, Hendrik. "Strongman: Arnold Schwartznegger & CA's recall race," New Yorker (9/29/03):42-49.

Kauer, Ralph. "The Workingmen's Party in CA," Pacific Historical Review 13 (1944):278-91.

Kazin, Michael. "The Great Exception revisited: organized labor & politics in San Francisco & Los Angeles, 1870-1940," Pacific Historical Review 55 (1986):371-402.

Larsen, Charles E. "The EPIC campaign of 1934," Pacific Historical Review 27 (5/58):127-48.

Leader, Leonard. "Upton Sinclair's EPIC switch: a dilemma for American Socialists," Southern CA Quarterly 62 (win 80):361-85.

Magliari, Michael. "What happened to the Populist vote? A CA case study," Pacific Historical Review 64 (1995):389-412.

Malone, Michael S. "The mission bell's toll," Forbes ASAP (11/30/98):28-34. Chilling big-historical view into the future, from contemplation of history of Santa Clara valley since 18th c.

Mathews, Glenna. "Forging a cosmopolitan civic culture: the regional identity of San Francisco & Northern California," in Wrobel & Steiner (eds.) Many Wests: Place, Culture & Regional Identity (Lawrence: U. of Kansas, 1997).

McPherson, Bruce. "Sacramento's troubles daunting," Santa Cruz Sentinel (9/28/03):F-2.

McWilliams, Carey. "Look what's happened to CA," Harper's (10/49):21-29.

__________. "Population & politics," Nation (7/8/50):35-37.

Mitchell, Greg. “The have-nots: Upton Sinclair’s EPIC campaign,” Nation (8/4-1/84):75-76. Sinclair forms End Poverty League & runs for Governor in 1934.

Nichols, John. "CA dreamin': 3rd party activists get going in the Golden State," Progressive (3/96). Nader campaign.

North, Diana M.T. "Civil liberties & the law: CA during the First World War," in L.A. Knafla & S.W.S. Binnie (eds.) Law, Society & the State: Essays in Modern Legal History (Toronto: U. of Toronto, 1995).

Putnam, Jackson K. "A half-century of conflict: the rise & fall of Liberalism in CA politics, 1943-1993," in R. Lowitt (ed.) Politics in the Postwar American West (Norman: U. of Oklahoma, 1995), pp. 42-63. Required reading for all participants in contentious partisan politics of today.

Roemer, John. "The virtual campaign," In These Times (10/31/94):22.

Schrag, Peter. "Baking off Bakke: the new assault on affirmative action," Nation (4/22/94):11-24.

Self, Robert. "'To plan our Liberation': Black Power & the politics of place in Oakland, CA, 1965-1977," Journal of Urban History 26 (2000):759-92.

Selvin, David F. "An exercise in hysteria: San Francisco's Red raids of 1934," Pacific Historical Review 58 (8/89):361-74.

Shilts, Randy. "The mayor of Castro St.," in W.F. Grover & J.G. Peschek (eds.) Voices of Dissent: Critical Readings in American Politics (NY: Longman, 1999). On pioneer gay politician & martyr Harvey Milk.

Starr, Kevin. "A new foundation," San Jose Mercury News (8/10/03):D1,6. Need for major overhaul in state governance.

Stewart, Jill. "CA's comeback kid," New Yorker (7/27/03):13.

In the Library: Non-Fiction Books

Almaguer, Tomás. Racial Fault Lines: The Historical Origins of White Supremacy in CA (Berkeley: U. of CA, 1994).

Baldassare, Mark. CA in the New Millennium: The Changing Social & Political Landscape (Berkeley: U. CA, 2001).

__________. A CA State of Mind: The Conflicted Voter in a Changing World (Berkeley: U. CA, 2002).

Bardacke, Frank. Good Liberals & Great Blue Herons: Land, Labor, & Politics in the Pajaro Valley (Santa Cruz, 1994).

Bean, Walton. Boss Ruef's San Francisco: The Story of the Union Labor Party, Big Business & the Graft Prosecution (Berkeley: U. of CA, 1952).

Beck, Warren A. & David A. Williams. CA: A History of the Golden State (NY, 1972).

__________ & Ynez D. Haase. Historical Atlas of California (Norman: U. of Oklahoma, 1974).

Brechin, Gray. Imperial San Francisco: Urban Power, Earthly Ruin (Berkeley: U. of CA, 1999).

Caughey, John W. CA: A Remarkable State's Life History (Englewood Cliffs NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1970).

Chan, Sucheng & Spencer Olin (eds.) Major Problems in CA History: Documents & Essays (NY, 1997).

Clark, William A.V. The CA Cauldron: Immigration & the Fortunes of Local Communities (NY, 1998).

Cornford, Daniel (ed.) Working People of CA (Berkeley: U. of CA, 1995).

Deverell, William. Railroad Crossing: Californians & the Railroad, 1850-1910 (Berkeley: U. of California, 1994).

__________ & Tom Sitton (eds.) California Progressivism Revisited (Berkeley: U. of CA, 1994).

Friedman, Lawrence & Robert Percival. The Roots of Justice: Crime & Punishment in Alameda County CA, 1870-1910 (Chapel Hill: U. of North Carolina, 1981).

Haas, Lisbeth. Conquests & Historical Identities in California, 1769-1936 (Berkeley: U. of CA, 1995).

Hanson, Victor Davis. Mexifornia: A State of Becoming (San Francisco: Encounter, 2003).

Haslam, Gerald. The Other California: The Great Central Valley in Life & Letters (Reno: U. of Nevada, 1990).

Henderson, George L. California & the Fictions of Capital (NY: Oxford, 1999).

Hine, Robert V. California's Utopian Colonies (Berkeley: U. of CA, 1983).

Hyink, Bernard L.& David H. Provost. Politics & Government in California (14th ed.; NY, 1998).

Indiana, Gary. The Schwarzenegger Syndrome: Politics & Celebrity in the Age of Contempt (NY: New Press, 2005).

Johnson, Marilynn S. The Second Gold Rush: Oakland & the East Bay in World War II (Berkeley: U. of CA, 1996).

Lotchin, Roger W. (ed.) The Way We Really Were: The Golden State during the Second World War (Urbana: U. of Illinois, 1999).

Maasik, Sonia & Jack Solomon. CA Dreams & Realities: Readings for Critical Thinkers & Writers (Boston, 1995).

Maharidge, Dale. The Coming White Minority: California, Multiculturalism, & America's Future (NY, 1996).

McWilliams, Carey. California: The Great Exception [1949] (Santa Barbara, 1979).

Miles, Sara.How To Hack a Party Line: The Democrats & Silicon Valley (Berkeley: U. CA, 2002).

Mitchell, Greg. The Campaign of the Century: Upton Sinclair's Race for Governor of CA & the Birth of Media Politics (NY: Random House, 1993).

Morgan, Neil. The CA Syndrome (NY: Ballantine, 1969).

Mowry, George E. The CA Progressives (Berkeley: U. of California, 1951).

Olmsted, Roger & Charles Wollenberg (eds.) Neither Separate nor Equal: Race & Racism in CA (Sacramento, 1971).

Pincetl, Stephanie S. Transforming CA: A Political History of Land Use & Development (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins, 1999).

Pitt, Leonard. CA Controversies: Major Issues in the History of the State (Glenview IL:?, 1968).

Rawls, James & Walton Bean. CA: An Interpretive History [1968] (Boston: McGraw-Hill, 2003).

Rolle, Andrew. CA: A History [1963] (Wheeling IL: Harlan Davidson, 2003).

Royce, Josiah. CA from the Conquest in 1846 to the Second Vigilance Committee in San Francisco: A Study in American Character [1886] (NY, 1948). Brilliant study of ideology & politics in first decade of state's history under American rule.

Schuparra, Kurt. Triumph of the Right: The Rise of the CA Conservative Movement, 1945-1966 (Armonk NY: M.E. Sharpe, 1998).

Schwartz, Stephen. The Left Coast: CA & the Making of the American Mind (NY, 1998).

Scobie, Ingrid Winther. Center Stage: Helen Gahagan Douglas, A life (NY: Oxford, 1992).

Sinclair, Upton. I, Candidate for Governor & How I Got Licked [1935] (Berkeley: U. of CA, 1994).

Smith, Richard Candida. Utopia & Dissent: Art, Poetry & Politics in CA (Berkeley: U. of CA, 1995).

Starr, Kevin. Coast of Dreams: California on the Edge, 1990-2003 (NY: Knopf, 2004).

Strong, Douglas H. Tahoe from Timber Barons to Ecologists (Lincoln: U. of Nebraska, 1999).

Tyrrell, Ian. True Gardens of the Gods: CA-Australian Environmental Reform, 1860-1930 (Berkeley: U. of CA, 1999).

Wellock, Thomas Raymond. Critical Masses: Opposition to Nuclear Power in CA, 1958-1978 (Madison: U. of Wisconsin, 1998).

Wyatt, David. Five Fires: Race, Catastrophe & the Shaping of CA (NY, 1997).

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