Decline of the Californios: A Social History of the Spanish-Speaking Californians, 1846-1890 by Leonard PittDecline of the Californios: A Social History of the Spanish-Speaking Californians, 1846-1890 by Leonard Pitt

Decline of the Californios: A Social History of the Spanish-Speaking Californians, 1846-1890

byLeonard PittForeword byRamón A. Gutiérrez

Paperback | June 8, 1999

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In his enduring study of Spanish-speaking Californians—a group that includes both native-born Californians, or Californios, and immigrants from Mexico—Leonard Pitt charts one of the earliest chapters in the state's ethnic history, and, in the process, he sheds light on debates and tensions that continue to this day. In a new foreword for this edition, Ramón A. Gutiérrez discusses the shaping and reception of the book and also views this classic work in light of recent scholarship on California and ethnic history.
Leonard Pitt is Professor Emeritus of History at California State University, Northridge. He is the coauthor, with Dale Pitt, of Los Angeles A to Z: An Encyclopedia (1997). Ramón A. Gutiérrez is Associate Chancellor and Professor of Ethnic Studies and History at the University of California, San Diego, and is coeditor of Contested Eden...
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Title:Decline of the Californios: A Social History of the Spanish-Speaking Californians, 1846-1890Format:PaperbackDimensions:340 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1 inPublished:June 8, 1999Publisher:University of California PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0520219589

ISBN - 13:9780520219588

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From the mid to late 1900s, Mexican immigrants and native-born Californios endured prejudice, harsh treatment and poverty while many European citizens enjoyed the prosperity sparked by the gold rush. Leonard Pitt and Ramón A. Gutiérrez trace the history of the Spanish-speaking population in Decline of the Californios. Honest and impartial, this history is an essential reference for both American history buffs and students.

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"Focuses on the circumstances that caused the native-born Californians, or Californios, to lose numerical supremacy, land, political influence, and cultural dominance, and become a disadvantaged social group. It is the story of the decline but no less of the . . . perseverance of a subgroup which in the twentieth century was transformed into the largest minority in the Far West--the Mexican-Americans."--"Choice