Early California

KQED Forum: California, 'Wherever There's a Fight'

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July 28, 2010

Host Michael Krasny talks with Elaine Elinson and Stan Yogi about the many unsung heroes of California's past profiled in their book.


Gov. Newsom Issues Executive Order Apologzing to California Indians

June 19, 2019

In West Sacramento, at the site of the future California Indian Heritage Center, Governor Gavin Newsom issued an historic formal apology to the state's native people and their descendents. 

He acknowledged that California's early political leaders expended more than $1 million to pay militas to hunt and kill Indians, and that the state's first governor announced that a "war of extermination will continue to be waged between the two races until the Indian race becomes extinct."

California Indians were also subject to an 1850 law, titled "An Act for the Government and Protection of Indians," that allowed a judge to declare an unemployed Indian a vagrant who could be sold to the highest bidder as an indentured servant. 

The law also allowed an Indian child to be indentured to a white family until the child reached maturity. Many Indian children were kidnapped and sold as a result.

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Calling the systematic slaughter of California Indians during the mid-19th century a genocide, the governor apologized on behalf of the state

College Ethnic Studies Course

View a syllabus for a College of San Mateo Ethnic Studies course that incorporated Wherever There's a Fight.

View a syllabus for a College of San Mateo Ethnic Studies course that incorporated Wherever There's a Fight.

[Chapter 01] Staking Our Claim: The Law in Early California

In the fall of 1849, forty-eight delegates from throughout California met for a consitutional convention in Monterey. They debated and deliberated about slavery, women's rights, and other civil liberties issues and produced the state's first constitution--a bilingual document in Spanish and English.


Wherever There's a Fight on New America Now Radio Program

November 12, 2009

Wherever There's a Fight co-author, Stan Yogi, spoke with Sandip Roy, host of New America Now: Dispatches from the New Majority.  The interview was broadcast on San Francisco's KALW radio on Friday, November 6, and again on Sunday, November 8.  Listen to the interview by clicking on the button below.

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Listen to Wherever There's a Fight co-author Stan Yogi being interviewed by Sandip Roy of KALW's New America Now.

Early California: 1848

Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo ends Mexican American War.

Gold discovered in California

Early California: July 15, 1849

The HoundsThe HoundsThe Hounds, a paramilitary gang, attack Chileans in San Francisco.

Early California: Sept. 1 - Oct. 30, 1849

Bilingual Spanish-English Constitutional Convention held in Monterey.

Early California, Race: Nov. 13, 1849

Constitucion del Estado de CaliforniaConstitucion del Estado de CaliforniaVoters approve the bilingual state constitution, which outlaws slavery.

Early California: Dec. 15, 1849

First state legislature meets in San Jose.
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