History of California Podcast

A history podcast by a history teacher from California exploring the history of his state.

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January 24, 2023 00:17:58
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77 - Galen Clark, Part III

In this final episode on the Guardian of Yosemite, we look at the end of Clark's life and his legacy.  ...

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January 18, 2023 00:55:17
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76 - Dr. Ben Madley, Author of An American Genocide: The United States and the California Indian Catastrophe, 1846-1873

Today, we have Dr. Ben Madley on the show. Benjamin Madley is a historian of Native America, the United States, and colonialism in world history. Born in Redding, California, he spent much of his childhood in Karuk Country near the Oregon border where he became interested in relations between colonizers and Indigenous people. Educated at Yale and Oxford, he writes about Native Americans as well as colonialism in Africa, Australia, and Europe, often applying a transnational and comparative approach. Yale University Press published his first book, An American Genocide: The United States and the California Indian Catastrophe, 1846-1873. Madley is currently co-editing The Cambridge World History of Genocide, Volume 2: Genocide in the Indigenous, Early Modern, and Imperial Worlds, 1535-1914(forthcoming, 2023), with historians Ned Blackhawk, Ben Kiernan, and Rebe Taylor. His current research explores Native American migration and labor in the making of the United States. Please enjoy our conversation. ...

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December 13, 2022 00:16:34
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75 - Galen Clark, Part II

In this episode, we can continue to story of Galen Clark as he becomes Guardian of Yosemite and his family situation changes.  ...

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December 08, 2022 00:36:04
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74 - Dr. Kevin Waite, Author of West of Slavery

Today we have Kevin Waite on the show. Kevin Waite is an associate professor at Durham Universisty and a political historian of the 19th-century United States with a focus on slavery, imperialism, and the American West. His first book, West of Slavery: The Southern Dream of a Transcontinental Empire (UNC Press, 2021), is a study of slaveholding expansion in California and the Far Southwest. It explores how American Southerners extended their labour order and political vision across the continent, and in the process, triggered a series of conflicts that culminated in the Civil War. West of Slavery won the 2022 Wiley-Silver Prize from the Center for Civil War Research and was a finalist for the Lincoln Prize as well as the SHEAR Manuscript Prize. It was named one of the "11 books that shaped how we think about California" by Boom: A Journal of California and one of the "Five Best Books" ever written on the Civil War in the American Far West by the Civil War Monitor. Please enjoy our conversation. ...

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November 11, 2022 00:56:43
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73 - Boris Dralyuk, Russians in Los Angeles

Today, we have an interview with Boris Dralyuk. Dralyuk is a literary translator, poet, and the Editor-in-Chief of the Los Angeles Review of Books. He holds a PhD in Slavic Languages and Literatures from UCLA, where he taught Russian literature for a number of years. He has also taught at the University of St Andrews, Scotland. His work has appeared in the Times Literary Supplement, The New York Review of Books, The New Yorker, London Review of Books, The Guardian, Granta, and other journals. He is the author of many books and is a wonderful translator and has won many prizes for his work.  His new book is called My Hollywood and Other Poems, which was published early this year. It is a collection of lyric meditations on the experience of émigrés in Los Angeles. In forms ranging from ballades to villanelles to Onegin sonnets, the poems pursue the sublime in a tarnished landscape, seek continuity and mourn its loss in a town where change is the only constant. My Hollywood draws on the poet’s own life as a Jewish immigrant from the Soviet Union, honors the vanishing traces of the city’s past, and, in crisp and evocative translations, summons the voices of five Russian poets who spent their final years in LA, including the composer Vernon Duke. Our conversation here is focused around Russian history in Los Angeles, Russian immigration, the war in Ukraine, his time as an editor of the LA Review of books and ...

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November 02, 2022 00:13:22
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72 - Galen Clark, Guardian of Yosemite, Part I

In my first narrative podcast after a brief hiatus, we return with an episode about a little known progenitor and protector of one our national treasures.  ...

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