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PLSC 310: California Politics and Local Government political geography assignment

A. You will be assigned one of these founding California families or person to research and evaluate their political significance.


Alice McLellan Birney Domingo Ghirardelli Biddy Mason      Leland Stanford 
Peter H. Burnett Alcalde Francisco de Haro John McLaren Marietta L. Stow
Cesar Chavez S. Clinton Hastings Henry Miller Levi Strauss 
Charles Crocker Phoebe Apperson Hearst John B. Montgomery Adolph Sutro
William H. Crocker David Hewes John Muir John Sutter 
James Flood Mark Hopkins Romualdo Pacheco Lloyd Tevis 
Francis of Assisi Dolores Huerta William C. Ralston  George W. Wright
Edward Gilbert Collis P. Huntington William Richardson   Jefa Sarah Winnemucca
William H. Hall Edward J.C. Kewen Father Serra  
Henry H. Haight Charles Lux William Sharon  
John C. Fremont James Marshall John D. Sloat  

B. Address the following issues in thoroughly.

  • Government positions held
  • Laws/Acts supported
  • Education
  • Greater Good
  • Contributions
  • Wealth
  • Land ownership
  • Location significance
  • How contributed to political, social and economic power


C. What is the relationship between your topic’s contributions to California and the Progressive Movement, specifically Direct Democracy?


D. Details:

  • Your paper should be 1 to 2 pages typed, double-spaced and in 12-point font.
  • Follow APA format for the title and reference pages.
  • References should include at minimum one scholarly journal article using the JSTOR database, one book and an original newspaper article from America’s Historical Newspapers library database.
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