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Author Walton, John, 1937-

Title Storied land : community and memory in Monterey / John Walton.

Published Berkeley : University of California Press, [2001]


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 UniM Store  979.476 WALT MF12    AVAILABLE
Physical description xix, 342 pages :bill. ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents 2. Spain's Far Frontier 11 -- 3. Revolutionary California 58 -- 4. American Property 107 -- 5. Industry and Community 173 -- 6. Historical Present 234 -- 7. Conclusion: Action, Narrative, History 277.
Summary California began in Monterey, and Monterey's story is arguably the story of California. In this highly original book, John Walton examines the historical formation and re-formation of community in Monterey over a period of 230 years. He describes the history of the city from its establishment as the capital of Spanish California in 1770 to its contemporary life as a center of tourism, education, environmentalism, and historical preservation.
Storied Land is not only an important record of events -- it is also a powerful and innovative investigation of how historical narratives are produced. Walton looks at how Franciscan missionaries and military governors created competing historical narratives of "civilizing" the Native American population. He explores changing historical conditions that generate successive narratives of Yankee progress, Spanish romance, and working-class Cannery Row. Today the nostalgic story of early California competes with political activists' conceptions of environmental protection and ethnic diversity. Walton uses these historical examples to examine the larger issues of collective memory, arguing that history is a product of the interplay of events and narratives.
Subject Monterey (Calif.) -- History.
Monterey (Calif.) -- Social conditions.
ISBN 0520227220 (alk. paper)