Sixty Years in Southern California 1853-1913 Containing the Reminiscences of Harris Newmark

Author: Harris Newmark

Publisher: Library of Alexandria

ISBN: 1465581464

Category: Business

Page: 732

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Harris Newmark (1834-1916), son of a modest Prussian Jewish merchant, sailed to America in 1853 to join his older brother in Los Angeles. He made a fortune in real estate, the wholesale grocery business, and hides and wools, becoming a leader in the local Jewish community and the city at large. Sixty years in Southern California (1916) begins with his description of Los Angeles as he found it; judges and lawyers, merchants and shops, churches and other landmarks. In the chapters that follow, Newmark organizes his materials chronologically and outlines his various mercantile partnerships and traces changing patterns of social life in Los Angeles, political factions, railroad construction in southern California, crime and vigilantism, the Chinese Massacre of 1871, and real estate speculations. In a more personal vein, he chronicles Jewish family life and philantropy.

The Zamorano 80 Revisited

A Collector's Update of a Classic Work

Author: Gordon J. Van De Water

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 9781462818686

Category: History

Page: 557

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The vademecum to the legendary Zamorano 80goal of many bibliophiles of the Golden State. A great reference and a sirens call to the world of bibliomania. W. Michael Mathes, Professor Emeritus, University of San Francisco, Holder of the Orden Mexicana del guila Azteca, author of numerous books in Spanish and English.

Inventing the Dream

California through the Progressive Era

Author: Kevin Starr

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199923264

Category: Social Science

Page: 416

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This second volume in Kevin Starr's passionate and ambitious cultural history of the Golden State focuses on the turn-of-the-century years and the emergence of Southern California as a regional culture in its own right. "How hauntingly beautiful, how replete with lost possibilities, seems that Southern California of two and three generations ago, now that a dramatically diferent society has emerged in its place," writes Starr. As he recreates the "lost California," Starr examines the rich variety of elements that figured in the growth of the Southern California way of life: the Spanish/Mexican roots, the fertile land, the Mediterranean-like climate, the special styles in architecture, the rise of Hollywood. He gives us a broad array of engaging (and often eccentric) characters: from Harrision Gray Otis to Helen Hunt Jackson to Cecil B. DeMille. Whether discussing the growth of winemaking or the burgeoning of reform movements, Starr keeps his central theme in sharp focus: how Californians defined their identity to themselves and to the nation.

California people

Author: Carol Dunlap

Publisher: Gibbs Smith


Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 234

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Briefly describes the lives of authors, musicians, film directors, athletes, politicians, historical figures, and other famous residents of California