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An aristocracy of color : race and reconstruction in California and the West, 1850-1890 / D. Michael Bottoms.

Author/creator Bottoms, D. Michael, 1966-
Format Book and Print
Publication InfoNorman : University of Oklahoma Press, c2013.
Descriptionxiii, 274 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Series Race and culture in the American West ; v. 5
Race and culture in the American West ; v. 5. ^A719552
Contents "Every colored man is the victim": race and the right to be heard in California's courts, 1851-1872 -- The apostasy of Henry Huntley Haight: race, reconstruction, and the return of democracy in California, 1865-1870 -- "The most satanic hate": racial segregation and reconstruction in California schools -- "Wa Shing and his tireless fellows": Chinese laundries and the reconstruction of the Chinese race -- "The Chinese must go!": the twin careers of exclusion and expulsion.
Abstract As historian D. Michael Bottoms shows in An Aristocracy of Color, many white Californians saw in this and other Reconstruction legislation a threat to the fragile racial hierarchy they had imposed on the state's legal system during the 1850s. But nonwhite Californians -- blacks and Chinese in particular -- recognized an unprecedented opportunity to reshape the state's race relations. Drawing on court records, political debates, and eyewitness accounts, Bottoms brings to life the monumental battle that followed.
Bibliography noteIncludes bibliographical references (p. 241-256) and index.
ISBN0806143355 (hardcover : alk. paper)

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