Early California

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.

Tenth Anniversary Edition of "Wherever There's a Fight" to be Released

September 24, 2019

Heyday is proud to announce the publication of the Tenth Anniversary edition of Wherever There’s A Fight:  How Runaway Slaves, Suffragists, Immigrants, Strikers and Poets Shaped Civil Liberties in California

According to Heyday publisher Steve Wasserman, "Ten years ago, Heyday published Elaine Elinson and Stan Yogi's stirring compendium of California heroes, both sung and unsung, who down the decades demonstrated exemplary courage fighting the good fight to ensure civil liberties for all Californians and in so doing helped put the golden state at the forefront of a better, more just America. The stories they tell so well are needed now more than ever and this tenth anniversary edition is designed to reach readers everywhere, young and old alike, to inspire and provide hope for new generations of citizens who continue to fulfill the promise of the California--nay, American, dream."

November 5 release date set for special anniversary edition of award-winning book whose stories of civil liberties struggles are all the more relevant now.

[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.

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.


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.

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