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Author Bottoms, D. Michael, 1966-

Title An aristocracy of color : race and reconstruction in California and the West, 1850-1890 / D. Michael Bottoms.

Imprint Norman : University of Oklahoma Press, c2013.

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 PAS Central Library Non-Fiction, 3rd Floor    305.8 BOT    DUE 06-13-19
Description xiii, 274 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Series Race and culture in the American West ; v. 5
Race and culture in the American West; v. 5.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. 241-256) and index.
Contents "Every colored man is the victim": race and the right to be heard in California's courts, 1851-1872 -- The apostasy of Henry Huntley Haight: race, reconstruction, and the return of democracy in California, 1865-1870 -- "The most satanic hate": racial segregation and reconstruction in California schools -- "Wa Shing and his tireless fellows": Chinese laundries and the reconstruction of the Chinese race -- "The Chinese must go!": the twin careers of exclusion and expulsion.
Summary As historian D. Michael Bottoms shows in An Aristocracy of Color, many white Californians saw in this and other Reconstruction legislation a threat to the fragile racial hierarchy they had imposed on the state's legal system during the 1850s. But nonwhite Californians -- blacks and Chinese in particular -- recognized an unprecedented opportunity to reshape the state's race relations. Drawing on court records, political debates, and eyewitness accounts, Bottoms brings to life the monumental battle that followed.
Subject Minorities -- West (U.S.) -- History -- 19th century.
African Americans -- West (U.S.) -- History -- 19th century.
Chinese Americans -- West (U.S.) -- History -- 19th century.
Mexican Americans -- West (U.S.) -- History -- 19th century.
Minorities -- California -- History -- 19th century.
African Americans -- California -- History -- 19th century.
Chinese Americans -- California -- History -- 19th century.
Mexican Americans -- California -- History -- 19th century.
West (U.S.) -- Race relations -- History -- 19th century.
California -- Race relations -- History -- 19th century.
ISBN 9780806143354 (hardcover : alk. paper)
0806143355 (hardcover : alk. paper)

 
    
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