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Taming the Elephant: An Introduction to California’s Statehood and Constitutional Era

John F. Burns

in Taming the Elephant

Published by University of California Press

Published in print April 2003 | ISBN: 9780520234116
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520936485 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520234116.003.0001
Taming the Elephant: An Introduction to California’s Statehood and Constitutional Era

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The chapters in this book begin an overdue examination of some of California's Statehood and Constitutional Era and test and modify long-standing perceptions. Each chapter discusses an important element of California's early affairs, with an emphasis on looking anew at government's role. It primarily focuses on men in the creation of California as a state. Although prevented by law and custom from exercising overt political participation, women also played a role in the evolution of state law as they fought for equal rights in an arena dominated by men. While the first six chapters all emphasize developments in state law, government, and politics, the final two turn to the development of local government and the continuing presence of the federal government, respectively.

Keywords: California; statehood; state law; custom; equal rights; politics; local government; federal government

Chapter.  9046 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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