San Franciscans: 1940

David Kipen

in San Francisco in the 1930s

Published by University of California Press

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780520268807
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520948877 | DOI:
San Franciscans: 1940

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A tradition which has behind it the most hectic and glamorous epoch of pioneering in America is still the factor which determines much of the city's enigmatic charm and governs most of politics, economy, and culture by which San Franciscans continue to astonish the world. Every principle of democracy in America has been tested here and the average San Franciscan still adheres to the pioneer concept of government: the less of it the better. Here the accent has always been on living, and however much the city has changed in other ways, 1940 saw no let-up in that vigorous search for experience by which San Franciscans had been enriching their lives since 1850. The difference nowadays lies in a certain refinement of critical faculties which is having its effect on all phases of the city's social life.

Keywords: America; politics; economy; culture; San Franciscans; democracy; government; social life

Chapter.  1330 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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