Tag: History

Spirits of Guasti

Is it a ghost town when haunting and beautiful stone buildings sit between two of the busiest freeways in California?

The Accidental Archives of the Royal Chicano Air Force

There is a group of pilot-artists, largely unknown yet renowned for their fleet of adobe airplanes and their key role in the Chicano civil rights movement.

Echoes of Magón

Rubén Martínez on the politics of hope in Los Angeles and Mexico City.

The Last Gun of Tiburcio Vasquez

The villains change. So do the innocent. The story does not. Georgia Jeffries on Tiburcio Vasquez.

The People’s Sidewalks

The movement to design wheelchair routes on the streets of Berkeley echoed the larger political spirit of the time. Bess Williamson discusses.

Hayakawa Among the Conservatives

How famed author, editor, and lecturer Dr. S.I. “Don” Hayakawa became “the only folk hero to have emerged from American higher education.”

Checking In

Karen Tei Yamashita’s I Hotel, in a genre all its own somewhere between historical fiction and creative nonfiction, is an inventive attempt to re-present such an era

Demise and Ascent

In his thirty-two-year political career, Thomas Kuchel was a California Republican in the Hiram Johnson and Earl Warren mold

King of the Road

Chris Carlsson, one of the founders and original participants in Critical Mass, explains the deep roots of a movement.

Anti-Democracy in California

A prescient message about the California constitution…from the 1911 New York Times