The “Landscape” of Gilded Empire:

As I build this blog to publish sources, my own histories, and the historiography of San Francisco in the late 19th century, I owe much to my predecessors of California and Western History, and the discipline more broadly. It is here were I will pay homage to those whom I would not be able to work without.

A quick list of the historiographic landscape of Gilded Empire is presented below. As my work moves forward, this list will expand and contract as needed. While the list below is broad and consists of works having in some ways peripheral significance to Gilded Age San Francisco, those that are key and most significant will carry their own review/precise. Under “Historiography” in the menu, these foundational historians/works will receive more extensive treatment.

Additionally, certain historiographic concepts are crucial to my own arguments. These concepts themselves will also receive a more extensive treatment as I work through their parameters in my own work. You can view these discussions by thumbing (or more appropriately – swiping) through the “Glossary.

Also, any suggestions of significant works that I have forgotten or should look at, are more than welcome in the comments box below.

The “Gilded” Landscape:

  • Berglund, Barbara. Making San Francisco American: Cultural Frontiers in the Urban West. Lawrence, Kansas: University Press Of Kansas, 2010.

  • Brechin, Gray A. Imperial San Francisco: Urban Power, Earthly Ruin: University of California Press, 2006.

  • Bullough. “The Steam Beer Handicap: Chris Buckley and the San Francisco Municipal Election of 1896.” California Historical Quarterly 54 (October 1975): 245-262.

  • Cherny, Robert. “City Commercial, City Beautiful, .” California History 73 (December 1994): 296-307.

  • Davis, Susan G. Parades and Power: Street Theater in Nineteenth-Century Philadelphia: University of California Press, 1988.

  • Decker, Peter R. Fortunes and Failures: White Collar Mobility in Nineteenth-Century San Francisco. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1978.

  • Ethington, Philip J. The Public City: The Political Construction of Urban Life in San Francisco, 1850-1900. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1994.

  • Gillis, John R., ed. Commemorations: The Politics of National Identity. Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 1996.

  • Glassberg, David. American Historical Pageantry: The Uses of Tradition in the Early Twentieth Century. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 1990.

  • ———. Sense of History: The Place of the Past in American Life. Boston: University of Massachusetts Press, 2001.

  • Goodwyn, Lawrence. The Populist Moment: A Short History of the Agrarian Revolt in America. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1978.

  • Gutman, Herbert G. Work, Culture, and Society in Industrializing America. New York: Vintage Books, 1977.

    Harzig, Christine, ed. Peasant Maids, City Women: From the European Countryside to Urban America. Ithica: Cornell University Press, 1997.

  • Hill, Patricia. Dallas: The Making of a Modern City. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1996.

  • Hurtado, Albert L. Indian Survival on the California Frontier: Yale University Press, 1990.

  • Issel. “Citizens outside the Government: Business and Urban Policy in San Francisco and Los Angeles.” Pacific Historical Review 57 (May 1988): 117-145.

  • Issel, William, and Robert Cherny. San Francisco 1865-1932: Politics, Power, and Urban Development. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1986.

  • Kahn, Judd. Imperial San Francisco: Politics and Planning in an American City, 1897-1906. Lincoln, Nebraska: University of Nebraska Press, 1979.

  • Kazin. Barons of Labor: The San Francisco Building Trades and Union Power in the Progressive Era: University of Illinois Press, 1989.

  • Lafeber. The American Search for Opportunity. Cambridge: University of Cambridge, 1993.

  • Lears, T. J. Jackson. “The Concept of Cultural Hegemony: Problems and Possibilities.” American Historical Review 90 (June 1985): 567-593.

  • Limerick, Patricia Nelson. “The Gold Rush and the Shaping of the American West.” California History 77 (1998): 30-41.

  • Lowenthal, David. The Past Is a Foreign Country. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1985.

  • Mcdonald. The Parameters of Urban Fiscal Policy: Socioeconomic Change and Political Culture in San Francisco, 1850-1906: University of California Press, 1986.

  • Munro, Lisa. “Investigating World’s Fairs: An Historiography.” Studies in Latin American Popular Culture 28 (2010)

  • Petty, Claud. “John S. Hittell and the Gospel of California.” Pacific Historical Review 24 (February 1955): 1-16.

  • Rosenberg. Spreading the American Dream: American Economic and Cultural Expansion: Farrar, 2011.

  • Rydell. All the World’s a Fair: Visions of Empire at American International Expositions: University of Chicago Press, 1987.

  • Sanchez, George J. Becoming Mexican American: Ethnicity, Culture and Identity in Chicano Los Angeles, 1900-1945: Oxford University Press, 1995.

  • Starr, Kevin. Americans and the California Dream: Oxford University Press, 1986.

  • Thompson. “The Imperial Republic: A Comparison of the Insular Territories under U.S. Dominion after 1898.” Pacific Historical Review 71 (November 2002): 535-574.

  • Wrobel, David M. Promised Lands: Promotion, Memory, and the Creation of the American West. Lawrence, Kansas: University Press Of Kansas, 2002.

  • Wrobel, David M., and Michael C. Steiner, eds. “Forging a Cosmopolitan Civic Culture: The Regional identity of San Francisco and Northern California.” Chapter to Many Wests: Place, Culture, and Regional Identity, edited by David M. Wrobel and Michael C. Steiner. Lawrence, Kansas: University Press of Kansas, 1997.


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