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The California state census of 1852, upon which representation in Congress and the state legislature was based, was intentionally manipulated, as this article indicates. Census takers in both San Francisco and the mining counties engaged in chicanery, revealing the nature of politics in the new...
In 1857, hundreds of black Californians migrated to western Canada, where they sought to become naturalized British subjects. In less than a decade many of them returned to California. They were propelled, in the first instance, by the Dred Scott v. Sandford (1857) ruling that U.S.-born African...
Two Polish artists—the renowned actress Helena Modjeska and the famous composer and pianist Ignacy Jan Paderewski—were drawn to California in the 1870s and 1910s respectively. Their bond with the California landscape in Modjeska’s ranch, El Refugio, near Santa Ana, and Paderewski’s Rancho San...
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