Saturday, September 1, 2012

The Golden State in the Civil War

The Golden State in the Civil War: Thomas Starr King, the Republican Party, and the Birth of Modern California by Glenna Matthews (Cambridge UP, 2012). Somehow this spring release slipped through my radar. Civil War California needs a good survey history. I don't have a copy yet to see if this one fits the bill, and whether placing Starr King at the center of it all crowds out too many other persons and events [the book description does at least suggest a broad range of themes, including some military]. I would venture to guess that this is the author's dissertation in published form.

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