Conquests and Historical Identities in California, 1769-1936

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University of California Press, Nov 20, 1996 - History - 279 pages
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Spanning the period between Spanish colonization and the early twentieth century, this well-argued and convincing study examines the histories of Spanish and American conquests, and of ethnicity, race, and community in southern California. Lisbeth Haas draws on a diverse body of source materials (mission and court archives, oral histories, Spanish language plays, census and tax records) to build a new picture of rural society and social change.

A borderlands and Chicano history, Haas's work provides a richly textured study of events that took place in and around San Juan Capistrano and Santa Ana in present-day Orange County. She provides a vivid sense of how and why the past acquires meaning in the lives that make up the historical identities she discusses. The voices of Juaneņo and Luiseņo Indians, Californios, and Mexicans are heard along the shifting faultlines of economic, social, and political change.

This is one of the first truly multiethnic histories of California and of the West. It makes clear that issues of multiculturalism and ethnicity are not recent manifestations in California—they have characterized social and cultural relationships there since the late eighteenth century.
 

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Contents

Indio and Juaneno De Razon and Californio
13
Rural Society 18401880
45
Village Society Ethnic Communities and Memory
89
Regional Culture
138
Racial and Ethnic Identities and the Politics of Space
165
Conclusion
209
A Note on Quantitative Method The Federal Manuscript Census 18601910
213
Property Value by Group Santa Ana and San Juan 1860 and 1870
222
Household Composition by Group Santa Ana and San Juan 18601880
223
Employment by Select Occupation and Group Orange County 19001910
225
Indices of Barrio Formation in Santa Ana Logan Artesia and Delhi Barrios 19161947
226
NOTES
227
SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
259
INDEX
271
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Lisbeth Haas is Assistant Professor of History at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

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