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Racial Fault Lines: The Historical Origins of White Supremacy in California

 
 
 
 
Racial Fault Lines: The Historical Origins of White Supremacy in California
Author: Tomas Almaguer
ISBN 13: 9780520257863
ISBN 10: 520257863
Edition: With a New Preface
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication Date: 2008-12-30
Format: Paperback
Pages: 304
List Price: $29.95
 
 

"An excellent summary and interpretation of race relations in nineteenth-century California. Empirically rich and theoretically sophisticated, it is the last and best word on the historical origins of the racial hierarchy that contemporary multiculturalists are struggling to overcome."—George Fredrickson, Stanford University

"Sometime soon in the 21st century, all of California's peoples will belong to minorities, and Almaguer's pathbreaking comparative history is indispensable for understanding how and why this society became so racially diverse. His study expands the borders of multicultural scholarship."—Ronald Takaki, University of California, Berkeley

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A survey of the historical origins of the relationship between Anglos and Mexicans in California, and the differences in the 19th century historical experiences of the Mexican and the Indian, Chinese, and Japanese populations in the US. Examines attitudes such as manifest destiny and white supremacy, and discusses the class-specific nature of the Mexican encounter with European Americans, the federal government's policy of relocating California Indians, and anti-Chinese sentiment displaced on Japanese workers. Paper edition (unseen), $15.00. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)