Tag: History

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

Framing Farm Labor

Michael Ziser examines the notions of visibility and invisibility, and California’s relationship to twentieth-century visual technologies.

Foreclosures

Susan Straight examines the economic hardships and losses endured by friends and neighbors. With photographs by Lucy Puls.

Silicon Valleys

Margaret O’Mara explores the history, ecosystem, and urban model of the Silicon Valley, for years a source of inspiration for the world.

Concrete in Paradise

Rebecca Solnit reflects on abandoned military bunkers (photographed by Alex Fradkin) and the reminder that war is always near.