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Book Title: Wherever There's a Fight: How Runaway Slaves, Suffragists, Immigrants, Strikers, and Poets Shaped Civil Liberties in California|
The author of the book: Elaine Elinson
ISBN 13: 9781597141147
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 6.11 MB
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Reader ratings: 3.7
Edition: Heyday Books
Date of issue: October 1st 2009
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At a literary faire in San Francisco, Elaine Elinson read an excerpt that described how a San Franciscan "Rosa Parks" beat the segregation that characterized the early 1900s transportation system. Because of it, I bought the book.
Things I liked: I really enjoy how this book takes the reader through the civil rights battles that defined and continue to affect the state of California. Each chapter covers a certain topic, like race, gender, sexuality, free speech. And each chapter is filled with biographical and historical vignettes of the people and causes who have brought the state to where we currently stand. As a native Californian, I also loved reading about people whose names I'm familiar with and how they influenced the state. I also really loved how the book shows that there are many civil liberties we take for granted today or how the same arguments that maintain oppression are used over and over again. (Example: The reasons that ladies can't vote in the early 1900s are some of the same reasons people use against same-sex marriage today. Ridiculous!)
Things that I wish could be better: This book is packed with information. PACKED. And as such, it's hard to remember facts or digest large chunks of the book in one sitting. For example, here are some things I can remember: Early Californians really didn't like the Chinese and were really mean to them. Also, we had a bilingual constitution in the beginning. See what I mean? It's all rather vague in my head. This is another reason why I've been reading this for a year.
However, those facts aside, I highly recommend this book for Californians and persons interested in history, politics and government for they are fascinating topics.
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Read information about the authorElaine Elinson was the communications director of the ACLU of Northern California and editor of the ACLU News for more than two decades. Wherever There's a Fight is the winner of a Gold Medal from the California Book Awards and a Bronze Medal from the Foreword Book of the Year Awards. She is a coauthor of Development Debacle: The World Bank in the Philippines, which was banned by the Marcos regime. Her articles have been published in the Los Angeles Daily Journal, the San Francisco Chronicle, The Nation, Poets and Writers, and numerous other periodicals. She is married to journalist Rene CiriaCruz and they have one son.
Stan Yogi has managed development programs for the ACLU of Northern California since 1997. He is the coeditor of two books, Highway 99: A Literary Journey through California's Great Central Valley and Asian American Literature: An Annotated Bibliography. His work has appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, MELUS, Los Angeles Daily Journal, and several anthologies. He is married to nonprofit administrator David Carroll and lives in Oakland.