History 101.013

Spring 2006
Instructor (text): 
102 Barrows
Day & Time: 
MWF 11-12
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This research seminar will explore the influence of diverse groups of settlers on the development of California and the West. Within a few years of California's entry into the United States, the discovery of gold drew an international flood of immigration to the state. Almost a century later, the vast expansion of defense industries during World War II caused an equally dramatic migration in what historians have called the ";second gold rush."; During the one hundred years between, the region was shaped by numerous other groups who settled there, including Chinese laborers during and after the Gold Rush, Mexican American agricultural workers, ";Okies"; and other Midwestern farmers during the Dust Bowl drought of the 1930s, and many others. Instead of focusing merely on the history of immigration and migration, students will be encouraged to choose topics that explore the effects of diverse settlement on the creation of the West Coast as a region. Although class readings will focus primarily on California and the Pacific Coast, students with an interest in writing on settlement in other areas of the trans-Mississippi West are also welcome. Students can benefit from the wealth of resources about West Coast settlers available at the Bancroft Library on Berkeley's campus and at the California State Historical Society in San Francisco.