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Taming the ElephantPolitics, Government, and Law in Pioneer California$
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John Burns, Vivian Louie, and Roberto Suro

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780520234116

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520234116.001.0001

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Taming the Elephant: An Introduction to California’s Statehood and Constitutional Era

Taming the Elephant: An Introduction to California’s Statehood and Constitutional Era

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(p.xii) (p.1) 1 Taming the Elephant: An Introduction to California’s Statehood and Constitutional Era
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Taming the Elephant
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John F. Burns

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520234116.003.0001

The chapters in this book begin an overdue examination of some of California's Statehood and Constitutional Era and test and modify long-standing perceptions. Each chapter discusses an important element of California's early affairs, with an emphasis on looking anew at government's role. It primarily focuses on men in the creation of California as a state. Although prevented by law and custom from exercising overt political participation, women also played a role in the evolution of state law as they fought for equal rights in an arena dominated by men. While the first six chapters all emphasize developments in state law, government, and politics, the final two turn to the development of local government and the continuing presence of the federal government, respectively.

Keywords:   California, statehood, state law, custom, equal rights, politics, local government, federal government

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