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Americans and the California Dream by Kevin Starr

Americans and the California Dream by Kevin Starr

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Hello friends - here is the reading for Dr. Arsenault's class next Monday. This is also compatible with Kindle and just about everything else, if you have a Kindle you can use it to read docs here.
Hello friends - here is the reading for Dr. Arsenault's class next Monday. This is also compatible with Kindle and just about everything else, if you have a Kindle you can use it to read docs here.

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AMERICANS
ANDTHE
CALIFORNIA
DREAM
constantchanging
from
an
English-Protestant
intoa
French-Catholicatmosphere."l
Thelifestyle
of
St.
Louis
combinedSouthern,
Yankee,
and
creole
flavors.|essiespoke
French
from
infancyand
waseducatedby
Frenchnuns
at the
convent
of
the
Sacred
Heart.Among
her
father'sclients
were
Frenchplanters,"generally educated
in
Paris,"
shedescribed
them;"and
with
the
combined
resources
of
climate,
taste,
and
wealth,
their
mode
of
living
was
beautiful
as
well
as
luxurious."2
Senator
Benton
and
fessie
also
had
many
Spanishfriends.
They
spokeSpanish
and
ad-
mired
Spanish
literature.
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such
a
woman-young,beautiful,highly
placed,
educatedinan
aristocratic
tradition-Fr6mont
was
no
ordinary
junior
officer,
noduti-
ful
West
Pointer,his
head
filled
with
regulationsand
his heart
set
onsteady
advancement
to the
rank
of lieutenant
colonel.There
was
much
of
the
6migr6adventurer
to
Fr6mont,and
something
of
the
headstrong
Southerner.
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of
his
high
connections,
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had
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to
theroutines
of
troopduty.
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ltalian
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head
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armed,"
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described
them,
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five
lan-guages
heard
at
once;above
all
a
hundred
horses
and
mules,
half
wild;
American,
Spanish,
and
Indian
dresses
and equipments
intermingled'i'3
He
stayed
onlytwo
weeks
before
recrossing
the
Sierras,
but
no
previous
American
visitortoCalifornia
had
such
an
impact.
Before
a
nation
whose
.
acquisitiveinstincts
were
at
full
tide,
Fr6mont's
widely
read
Repott
of
th3
:,
ExploringExpedition
to
Oregon
and
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California
(tB+5),
which''.|
fessie
heiped
him to
write,
pui
forth
a
California
drenched
in
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beauty
.
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in
fact,
and
his
Geographical
Memoir
Up"l,!A
tJppercati.fornfu
(r84s)
might
be
considered
the
founding
texts
of
t
Mediterraneananalogy.
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made extended
use
of
theltalian
pp
parison
and
was
especiallysensitive
to
the
Mediterranean
productsi
mission
gardens.
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soft,southernbeauty
of
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enteredheli
band'sheart,
fessie
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wrote,and
never
left
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nor
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Californians
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in
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of
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Bear
Flaggers,
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abattalion
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a
clattering
of
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