Tag: History

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 […]

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 […]

American Empire and the Landscapes of Los Angeles

Jessica Kim A drive through contemporary Los Angeles reveals American empire embedded throughout its urban landscape. “Imperial capital” likely conjures […]

Eating Thirty in Fresno: Finding Home at Hmong New Year

Lisa Lee Herrick It starts in October with a whisper of smoke and silver tintinnabulations, with sequins flashing winter sun […]

In Search of Home: Cherríe Moraga’s Native Country of the Heart

Sandra Ruiz In the opening line of her memoir’s prologue, Native Country of the Heart: A Memoir (Farrar, Straus, and […]

Frank Zappa and Ruben And The Jets, 1972–1974

Rubén Funkahuatl Guevara A few months after Who Are the People? closed, I ran into keyboardist Bob Harris as I […]

We are our own Multitude: Los Angeles’ Black Panamanian Community

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

American Fruit

Selective Narratives of Mobility, Place, and Race