West Valley College Fall 2017

HISTORY AND GEOGRAPHY OF CALIFORNIA
History 20 (3 units)
M/W 12:30 - 1:55, Room LASS 26
Sec. 
70130

Tim Kelly, Ph.D.
Office Hours:  M/W/Th 2:00-2:45 and by appt.
SS/LA 1E
Ph: (408) 741-2546

WELCOME!!!

From its origins, California has been both a state of mind and place.  Early Spanish explorers heard stories of a mystical and wondrous land of gold that held both promise and peril to those brave enough to seek it out.  For millions of individuals both inside and out of California, the Golden State still holds that mythical allure.  Over the next 15 weeks, we will discuss why that is and what makes California so unique (if, in fact, it is unique).  Despite drought, earthquakes, floods, recession, power shortages, and expensive real estate, millions of people from all over the world settle in California every year.  How has the state dealt with this growth politically, socially, and economically?

This course will examine California geographic regions, the Native Americans of California, discovery, institutions of Spanish California, developments in the Mexican period, the early American period, economic foundations of the state, political growth and institutions of American California, race and California history in the 20th Century, and state and local government. 

Required Texts

James Rawls and Walton Bean, California:  An Interpretive History (10th Edition), McGraw Hill, 2012 (ISBN:  978-0-07-340696-1) (Referred to as TEXT in the syllabus.)
James Houston and Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston, Farewell to Manzanar (ISBN:  9780553272581)
Jean Francois de La Perouse, Life in a California Mission:  Monterey in 1786, Heyday, 1989 (ISBN:  978-0930588397)

Additional reading materials and study guides are online at Angel.  It is highly recommended that you print these articles/documents/short passages out ASAP in case of periodic and unforeseen downtime of the web page.  You are responsible to have each of these readings completed by their assigned day on the syllabus.  Study Questions are for your personal use and are not to be turned in to the instructor.

For a better understanding of the topics covered in this class, you should read a daily newspaper.  The San Jose Mercury News, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the Los Angeles Times are all good resources.  The California History journal and the Pacific Historical Review are also both useful resources.  Your success in this class depends on the initiative you put into it!

General Class Policies

  1. Cell phones and computers must be turned off in the classroom (NO texting during class!).
  2. Save this syllabus as evidence for transfer to a four-year institution.
  3. Class participation and COMPLETING THE ASSIGNED READING by the beginning of each topic are essential to passing this course.
  4. Late work is marked down 1/3 of a grade for each day that it is handed in late after the end of class when it is due.
  5. Tutoring is available at no charge at Tutorial Services.  It is provided by qualified, trained, students who have been recommended by the faculty.  Contact Tutorial Services in the Library Building or call 741-2038.
  6. Plagiarism/cheating will result in automatic failures for the course and offenders will be referred to the CSSO for disciplinary action.  Familiarize yourself with the campus policy on cheating detailed in the College Catalog under Student Conduct Code, 5.8.19 Policy on Cheating.  (You will find examples of what plagiarism is and how to avoid it at http://www.indiana.edu/~wts/wts/plagiarism.html)
  7. West Valley College makes reasonable accommodations for persons with documented disabilities. College materials will be available in alternate formats (Braille, audio, electronic format, or large print) upon request.  Please contact the Disability and Educational Support Program at (408) 741-2010 (voice) or (408) 741-2658 (TTY) for assistance.
  8. Student Learning Outcomes will be assessed through the final examination in order to test the student's ability to explain a historical concept regarding recent California history and politics.

Quizzes and Paper

Your two quizzes this semester will be conducted on Canvas rather than in class.  These quizzes cover ALL of the assigned readings and lectures (Weeks 1-4 for Quiz 1, and Weeks 8-13 for Quiz 2)  Click HERE for more instructions, as well as how to log on to Canvas.

Your paper will be a creative assignment based on the book Farewell to Manzanar.  You must access the course web page on Angel for instructions as to how to complete this paper.

Attendance Policy

Per the WVC Catalog (see Rights and Responsibilities), regular attendance is mandatory.  Punctuality is also important; therefore roll will be taken at the beginning of the class.  Students will receive a 1 point reduction from their total grade for each tardy.  More than one absence will constitute a reduction of 2 points for each additional absence.  Students missing more than 5 classes in a row before the final drop date may be dropped unless they notify the instructor.

Web Page

A class web page can be found for History 20 at Angel.  This page contains the syllabus, lecture outlines, PowerPoint lectures, online readings, and study guides for the midterm and final exam.  This web page serves as a supplement to the lectures and in-class discussions, not as a substitute.  

Course Requirements Grading Policy:  Grades are awarded on a Standard Scale:
1.  One 4-5 page paper
2.  Midterm Exam
3.  Final Exam
4.  Two Quizzes
5.  Participation
(300 pts)
(250 pts)
(350 pts)
(50 pts)
(50 pts)
A
B
C
D
F
900 - 1000
800 - 899
700 - 799
600 - 699
599 and below

Dates to Remember

9/04:
9/10:
9/20-9/23:
10/16:
HOLIDAY
Last Day to Drop w/out a "W"
QUIZ # 1 Availability online
MIDTERM
11/15:
11/18:
11/22-11/25:
Farewell to Manzanar Paper Due
Last day to Drop with a "W"
QUIZ #2 Availability online

FINAL EXAM SCHEDULE:  WEDNESDAY, December 13, 11:50-1:50 PM

 

COURSE OUTLINE

Week 1

8/28
8/30
Introduction:  The California Dream
California's Native Americans

Readings:
  TEXT, Chs 1-3; ONLINE:  Selections from The Way We Lived by Malcolm Margolin 


Week 2

9/04
9/06

9/10

HOLIDAY
The Colonization and Missionization of Alta California

LAST DAY TO ADD and DROP w/out a "W"
Readings:  TEXT, Ch 4; La Perouse, Life in a Mission pp. 3-111;  


Week 3

9/11
9/13
Catch-up and Discuss La Perouse
Mexican California and American Acquisition

Readings:
  TEXT, Chs 5-8; ONLINE:  Dana, Two Years Before the Mast


Week 4

9/18
9/20

The Whole World Rushed In:  The California Gold Rush
American Statehood and Turmoil

QUIZ #1 
(Available online at Canvas from 9/20 - 9/23 until 11:59 pm)

Readings:
  TEXT, Chs 9-10; ONLINE:  Clapp, Dame Shirley


Week 5

9/25
9/27
Racial Oppression in California
The Octopus:  Railroad Monopoly in California

Readings:
  TEXT, Chs 11-14, 18; ONLINE:  Sacramento Union Editorial; Borthwick, Three Years In California; Norris, The Octopus (selection); Huntington, Congressional Testimony;


Week 6

10/02
10/04
The Indispensable Enemy:  Labor and the Anti-Chinese Movement
Economic Turmoil:  The Conflict Between Capital and Labor

Readings:
  TEXT, Chs 15-16, 19; ONLINE:  Cross, Denis Kearney; Sienkiewicz, Chinese Labor in California; AFL, Opposes Chinese Immigration


Week 7

10/09
10/10
Catch-up and Discussion
The San Francisco Earthquake, 1906

Readings:
  ONLINE:  The 1906 San Francisco Earthquake and Fire (an online exhibit presented by the Bancroft Library)


Week 8

10/16
10/18
MIDTERM
The Rise and Fall of Progressivism

Readings:
  TEXT, Chs 20-22 


Week 9

10/23
10/25
Southern California and the Water Wars
Catch-up and Discuss Online Readings

Readings:
  TEXT, Chs 23-24; ONLINE:   Gullet, Women Progressives and Immigrant Women; May, Hollywood and the California Dream


Week 10

10/30
11/01
California and the Great Depression
California and World War II

Readings:
  TEXT, Chs 25-27, 29;  Houston, Chs 1-10  ONLINE:  Port Chicago Remembered (photos of the accident); White, Echoes of Port Chicago


Week 11

11/06
11/08
Catch-up and Discuss Houston
Postwar California:  Growth and Cold War Politics, 1945-1965

Readings:
  TEXT, Ch 28; Houston, Chs. 11-22


Week 12

11/13
11/15
11/15

11/18
Catch-up and Discussion
Politics and Protest:  California in the 1960s and 1970s
FAREWELL TO MANZANAR PAPER DUE 

LAST DAY TO DROP w/a "W"


Readings:
  TEXT, Chs 31-33; ONLINE:  Savio, Defending the Free Speech Movement; Reagan, Denouncing the Morality Gap; Seale, Black Panther Party; Manifesto of the Chicano Movement; Declaration of the AAPA


Week 13

11/20
11/22

Catch-up and Discussion
California's Divide:  Diversity and Conflict

QUIZ #2 (Available online at Canvas from 11/22 - 11/25 until 11:59 pm)

Readings:
   TEXT
, Ch 30; ONLINE:  Rorabaugh, Berkeley in the 1960s; Rieff, Los Angeles, Capital of the Third World; Yu, Korean Perspective of the LA Riots; Buchanan, Condemning the Barbarism of the Mob; Boesche, How White People Riot


Week 14

11/27
11/29
Catch-up and Discussion
Silicon Valley:  Boom and Bust (and Boom?)

Readings:
  TEXT, Chs 34-35;  ONLINE:  Helft, Silicon Valley's Future


Week 15

12/04
12/06
Environment and Energy
Contemporary Issues in State Politics

Readings: 
TEXT
, Chs 36;   ONLINE:  Grunwald, Why California is Still America's Future; Blood, California GOP Showing Worries Party Strategists; O'Brien, California Baby Bust Underway

FINAL EXAM SCHEDULE:  WEDNESDAY, December 13, 11:50-1:50 PM