The Seven States of California by Philip L. Fradkin
A Natural and Human History

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A survey of the seven distinct ecological areas of California looks at the natural features that typify each province, and links them to stories about the people found there, from Native Americans to Chinese laborers. 15,000 first printing.
 

About Philip L. Fradkin

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Philip L. Fradkin has been a lecturer at Stanford University and the University of California, Berkeley.
 
Published July 1, 1995 by Henry Holt & Co. 474 pages
Genres: History, Nature & Wildlife, Travel, Science & Math, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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For the author, California is seven states rolled into one, with landscape playing the defining role: Deserts (southeast), Sierra (east), Land of Fire (northwest), Land of Water (north coast), the Great Valley (central interior), the Fractured Province (central coast), and the Profligate Province...

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Hanging his narrative on geological features of seven regions of the state (e.g., a series of dry lakes, a mountain, a lava bed, an earthquake fault), he puts heavy emphasis on California's violent past and present: the destruction of the Modoc Indians, anti-Chinese pogroms, the incarceration of ...

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