Category: Articles

California’s COVID-19 Prison Disaster and the Trap of Palatable Reform

Hadar Aviram Eighteenth-century prison reformer John Howard was endowed not only with a considerable fortune but with an inquisitive eye […]

California and the 1918–1920 Influenza Pandemic

  Published in collaboration with California History  Diane M. T. North The 1918–1920 influenza pandemic remains the deadliest influenza pandemic in […]

The “Lost Cause” Goes West: Confederate Culture and Civil War Memory in California

This essay was originally published in California History, Vol 97, No. 1 Kevin Waite Where the monument once stood, only […]

South Bakersfield’s Confederate Remains

With “Postcards,” creative non-fiction stories grounded in place, we aspire to create a new cartography of California. For us, literature […]

Power Lines Around Los Angeles: Isolation, Interconnection, and Aesthetics

Daniel Wuebben Historically, California’s overhead electric lines have been pushed to the margins of the built environment and, when possible, […]

Acts of Grace: Memory Journeys through the San Joaquin Valley

With “Postcards,” creative non-fiction stories grounded in place, we aspire to create a new cartography of California. For us, literature […]

LA Oil Noir: Genre, Activism, and Spatial Justice in a City Made by Fossil Fuels

Miranda Trimmier Sometimes it’s hard to see the shape of the story you’re being told. As I understood it, the […]

A Chumash Line: How an old email and five PDFs revealed my Native Californian Roots

With “Postcards,” creative non-fiction stories grounded in place, we aspire to create a new cartography of California. For us, literature […]

Yemeni Farm Workers and the Politics of Arab Nationalism in the UFW

Neama Alamri Growing up in the Central Valley, the history of the United Farm Workers (UFW) and Cesar Chavez loomed […]

The Tides that Erase: Automation and the Los Angeles Waterfront

With “Postcards,” creative non-fiction stories grounded in place, we aspire to create a new cartography of California. For us, literature […]