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By Carey McWilliams

In 1949, attorney, historian, and journalist Carey McWilliams stepped again to evaluate the nation of California on the finish of its first 100 years—its historical past, inhabitants, politics, agriculture, and social issues. As he tested the explanations for the prodigious progress and productiveness that experience characterised California because the Gold Rush, he praised the power of the hot voters who had come from worldwide to populate the kingdom in a truly few minutes. yet he additionally made transparent how brutally the recent Californians handled "the Indian problem," the water challenge, and the necessity for migrant exertions to facilitate California's giant and hugely ecocnomic agricultural undefined. As we glance again now on a hundred and fifty years of statehood, it truly is really worthy to put the occasions of the previous fifty years within the context of McWilliams's overview in California: the nice Exception. Lewis Lapham has written a brand new foreword for this edition.

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