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  • Chinese Americans in California
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    Chinese Americans in California

    A historian and a philanthropist looked at the struggles and discrimination faced by Chinese immigrants in nineteenth and early twentieth century California. First, historian Beth Lew-Williams…

  • Nation of Immigrants Mythology
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    "Nation of Immigrants" Mythology

    California State University Professor Emerita Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz critiqued the popular notion of “nation of immigrants,” arguing that the concept obscures the violent nature of the early…

  • California Gold Rush Fires and Floods
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    California Gold Rush Fires and Floods

    Gary Noy gave an illustrated talk about the devastating fires and floods that coincided with the population explosion caused by the California Gold Rush. Mr. Noy is the author of Gold Rush…

  • MailOrder Marriages in California
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    Mail-Order Marriages in California

    Professor Marcia Zug talked about her book Buying A Bride: An Engaging History of Mail-Order Matches, in which she discusses how 19th century California gold rush pioneers encouraged single women to move…

  • Modoc Indians in Photography
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    Modoc Indians in Photography

    Professor Makeda Best talked about the photographic portrayal of California Native Americans during the 19th century, focusing on how photographers portrayed the Modoc tribe leading up to…