California: The Great Exception by Carey McwilliamsCalifornia: The Great Exception by Carey Mcwilliams

California: The Great Exception

byCarey McwilliamsForeword byLewis H. Lapham

Paperback | April 2, 1999

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In 1949, lawyer, historian, and journalist Carey McWilliams stepped back to assess the state of California at the end of its first one hundred years—its history, population, politics, agriculture, and social concerns. As he examined the reasons for the prodigious growth and productivity that have characterized California since the Gold Rush, he praised the vitality of the new citizens who had come from all over the world to populate the state in a very short time. But he also made clear how brutally the new Californians dealt with "the Indian problem," the water problem, and the need for migrant labor to facilitate California's massive and highly profitable agricultural industry. As we look back now on 150 years of statehood, it is particularly useful to place the events of the past fifty years in the context of McWilliams's assessment in California: The Great Exception. Lewis Lapham has written a new foreword for this edition.
Carey McWilliams (1905-1980), editor of The Nation from 1955 to 1975, also served as California Commissioner of Immigration and Housing for four years. He was the author of many books, including Factories in the Field, Ill Fares the Land, Brothers under the Skin, A Mask for Privilege, and Southern California: An Island on the Land. Lew...
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Title:California: The Great ExceptionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:391 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:April 2, 1999Publisher:University of California PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0520218930

ISBN - 13:9780520218932

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The late Carey McWilliams spent four years as the commissioner of Immigration and Housing in California. A politician and journalist, McWilliams wrote his book California: The Great Exception, in 1949 as an in-depth look at the state’s achievements and failures over a 100-year period. In praising California’s ingenuity and diverse population, this impartial reference also points a finger at the state’s mistreatment of Native American and Mexican communities and the misuse of natural resources.

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"[McWilliams] nailed the essence of California in a way that has never been duplicated. To a remarkable degree ["California: The Great Exception and "Factories in the Field] remain as relevant today as when he wrote them."--"Los Angeles Times