I’m a California native and I minored in American history at Berkeley, but I’d never known how close California came to domination by the slave powers during the pre- and Civil War years until I started researching the building of San Francisco for After the Gold Rush. I’ve been blown away by the stories of how passionate California abolitionists like
And i thought i was simply uninformed about any of this history because i'm from the east coast. Filling in so many blanks that never even occurred to me before... makes so much sense!! Thank you, Alexandra, for writing this spectacular recounting of such important American history! California stole my heart decades ago... and now I appreciate it even more.