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California

  1. 1. Chapters 7 and 12 Alyssa Hall CALIFORNIA KEVIN STARR
  2. 2. Great Expectations  First 40 years of CA organized political and socioeconomic structures  Second 40 years public works infrastructure of CA established  2/3 of annual precipitation falls in northern third of state  1878 Drainage Act  William Hammond Hall
  3. 3. Great Expectations  Where should southern CA get water  Gravity canal, tap Colorado river  May 14,1901 last head gate lifted  Homestead Act of 1862  Desert Land Act of 1877  Carey Land Act of 1894  October 1904 CA development company cut second canal  Illegally done, disaster waiting to happen  Colorado river poured into the valley almost drowning southern CA
  4. 4. Great Expectations  Technology used for Gold Rush led to technology if irrigation  1900 40% of population lived in Bay area or Greater LA  They would need more water  Took 6+ years to construct LA aqueduct  Monumental damage to environment  San Francisco needed better architecture  Great depression witnessed continuing creation statewide infrastructure
  5. 5. Ecumenopolis  CA has ethnic diversity  Native American Era, spanish and Mexican Era  English, American, French and Russian settlers  Not everyone treated fairly  Early 1900’s San Francisco had a higher proportion of foreign- born residents
  6. 6. Ecumenopolis  1920’s saw influx of Mexicans into fields of CA  WWII brought thousands of Africans  1965 immigration and Nationality Acts  Dramatic rise in the Asian population
  7. 7. Ecumenopolis  August 11, 1965 Watts riots  Blacks vs. whites  LA riots of April-may 1992  Blacks and browns vs. whites and koreans  Debate regarding race and ethnicity now shifted to affirmative action  Now focus on bilingual education
  8. 8. Sources  Starr, Kevin. California: A History. 2007 Modern Library Paperback Edition. USA. 2005.

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