Additional Stories

Explore these stories not included in the book Wherever There’s a Fight: How Runaway Slaves, Suffragists, Immigrants, Strikers and Poets Shaped Civil Liberties in California and expanded versions of stories that are part of the book.

Attempt to Strip Japanese Americans of Voting Rights

As the U.S. government was forcing Japanese Americans to leave their west coast homes to be incarcerated in concentration camps, the Native Sons of the Golden West brought a lawsuit to deny American citizens of Japanese descent their right to vote.

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Bakersfield Students Organize for the Integration of Their Friend with Disabilities

After Bakersfield school administrators assigned Louise Fuller to a segregated high school program for students with disabilities, her friends organized and advocated for the integration of their friend with cerebral palsy into their neighborhood school.

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Dismissal of Lesbian and Gay Military Personnel

Nearly twenty years before the federal government's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, a brave woman challenged her discharge from the navy, which was based solely on her sexual orientation.

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Fighting Censorship: From School Libraries to Symphony Halls

Attempts to censor books, films, and live performances are perennial. In the latter part of the 20th century, prize-winning books, ethnic dance performers, and a gay men's chorus were just some of the targets of censorship in California.

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Free Speech in Shopping Malls: Pruneyard v. Robins

High school students who were barred in 1975 from distributing a political petition at a Silicon Valley shopping mall fought for their free speech rights. Their case went all the way to the United States Supreme Court.

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Governor Supported San Jose Lynch Mob

In 1933, California Governor James Rolph publicly supported a vigilante mob in San Jose which was intent on lynching two men accused of kidnapping and killing a popular department store heir.

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Immigrants Faced Deportation for Political Activity

Italian immigrant Dom Sallitto faced deportation threats and denial of naturalization because in the 1930s he and a business partner rented space to the editor of a magazine the federal government found objectionable

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Lack of Spanish-language Warning Results in Tragedy for Modesto Family

A Modesto couple's son could have been healthy had a bottle of children's aspirin included a Spanish-language warning of possible fatal consequences.

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Los Angeles Police Attack Peaceful Anti-War Marchers

On June 23, 1967, thousands of white, middle-class citizens peacefully marched through posh Century City to protest the Vietnam War, while President Lyndon Johnson attended a fundraising dinner at the Century Plaza Hotel. Los Angeles police officers attacked hundreds of the demonstrators.

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Veterans Censored at Military Parade

Military police assaulted and held members of a veterans group participating in a San Francisco parade welcoming home soldiers from the first Gulf War. The reason for the assault: the police did not like the messages on the veterans' banners.

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