This book explores the history which includes all the areas. California continued to grow rapidly and soon became an agricultural and industrial power. The economy was widely based on specialty agriculture, oil, tourism, shipping, film, and after 1940 advanced technology such as aerospace and electronics industries - along with a significant military presence. The films and stars of Hollywood helped make the state the "center" of worldwide attention. California became an American cultural phenomenon; the idea of the "California Dream" as a portion of the larger American Dream of finding a better life drew 35 million new residents from the start to the end of the 20th century. Silicon Valley became the world's center for computer innovation.
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1917 Perspective but Told through Facts, Narrative and Balanced Opinion
I really enjoyed Bandini’s synthesis of California history from its earliest visitors to it’s varied immigrant American residents up to 1917.
Although it doesn’t give a thorough play-by-play historical record of California, I found Bandini’s treatment of California’s large themes such as the Native American population, Spanish missions, the Californians, the Gold Rush, and the treatment of these natives and new immigrants by the US government and its people fair and balanced.
California has a rich history that literally surrounds all its inhabitants whether a mission, agricultural farm land, Native American tribe, or a hill or mountain that contains vast riches and minerals.