“Loud and Clamorous”: More Documents from a Report on California Claims from the Mexican-American War, 8 August 1848

by Paul R. Spitzzeri In this third part of a post covering a remarkable 8 August 1848 House of Representatives report on claims made against the United States for expenses incurred during the American invasion of Mexican California, we turn to documents involving Colonel Richard B. Mason, who became military governor of the seized territory... Continue Reading →

A Journal by Thomas W. Temple II from the Workman Homestead, July-August 1924, Part Two

by Paul R. Spitzzeri This second part of a post examining journal entries written at the "Workman Homestead Rancho" by Thomas W. Temple II during late July and early August 1924 while he enjoyed his summer vacation includes a second entry penned on 25 July.  The first entry, presumably written in the morning, was followed... Continue Reading →

“The Want of Money”: Documents from a Report on California Claims from the Mexican-American War, 8 August 1848

by Paul R. Spitzzeri A few days ago, a post here highlighted elements from a House of Representatives report from the Committee on Military Affairs dealing with claims of residents seeking reimbursement for funds expended to American military officers after the seizure of Mexican California. The introductory pages constituted a fascinating narrative concerning the shadowy... Continue Reading →

A Journal by Thomas W. Temple II from the Workman Homestead, July-August 1924, Part One

by Paul R. Spitzzeri During almost all of the period in which the Temple family occupied the Homestead as their permanent full-time residence after the death of Laura Gonzalez Temple in late 1922, the four surviving of the five children were away most of the year attending various boarding schools.  There was a definite trade-off... Continue Reading →

Ethnic and Racial Stereotyping Discussion at the Homestead’s Non-Fiction Book Club

by Paul R. Spitzzeri This morning, the Homestead's Non-Fiction Book Club discussed Maurice Manring's Slave in a Box: The Strange Career of Aunt Jemima, a subject mentioned in a blog post here this past February centered on a photo of a vaudeville actress in blackface in the museum's collection.  The Aunt Jemima figure has had a... Continue Reading →

Intrigue in the Seizure of California in a Report on California Claims from the Mexican-American War, 8 August 1848

by Paul R. Spitzzeri One of the most underappreciated elements of the Mexican-American War, as fought in greater Los Angeles and elsewhere in those portions of Mexico that became part of the United States in America's first imperial war, is the question of handling claims against the government for expenses incurred by military officials using... Continue Reading →

From Point A to Point B: Photos of a Pickwick Airways Crash, Los Angeles, 7 August 1929

by Paul R. Spitzzeri The early days of commercial aviation were ones of experimentation, intense competition, and a litany of firms that went by the wayside.  One of these was Pickwick Airways, one of five corporations under the name Pickwick, which included hotels in San Francisco, San Diego, Anaheim and Los Angeles, among others, as... Continue Reading →

The Push for Prohibition: Letters from the State Anti-Saloon League of Southern California, August 1910

by Paul R. Spitzzeri In this centennial year of the passage of the 18th Amendment curtailing, with few exceptions, the manufacture and sale of alcoholic beverages in America, and, as the Homestead is on the cusp of changing out its exhibit in the Gallery, this is a good time for another post dealing with the... Continue Reading →

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