HIST 129: California History Videos

Geography of California and the First Californians

Rawls, Chapters 1, 2

California's Terrestrial Ecosystems and Climate Change


First Americans: The California Coast

First Americans: The Pueblo People

First Americans: The Southeast


The Spanish Conquest and Spanish Settlement

Reading: Rawls, Chapters 3, 4

Cortes Conquers the Aztecs

The Conquest of the Americas

The Columbian Exchange

Spain’s Missionaries

New Spain

The Pueblo Revolt

1810: Spain's North American Colonists begin Forging an American Hispanic Identity


Mexican Control of California and the Mexican-American War

Reading: Rawls Chapters 5, 6, 7

1836: Juana Briones Established San Francisco

Manifest Destiny

Oregon Territory to San Francisco

Provoking War

The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo

The U.S. - Mexican War

The United States in 1850

The Compromise of 1850


Gold Rush

Reading: Rawls, Chapters 8, 9

1848: Gold is discovered at Sutter's Mill


American Exploration and Conquest

Reading: Rawls, Chapters 10, 11, 12


Rise of Monopoly Capitalism

Reading: Rawls, Chapters 13, 14


Class and Race in Industrial California

Reading: Rawls, Chapters 15­–18

Gold Mountain

The Chinese Exclusion Act 

California History: The Wild West to the 21st Century

19th Century Agriculture 

1884 - Joseph and Mary Tape Successfully Challenge San Francisco Public Schools


Labor and Conflict 1880–1920

Reading: Rawls, Chapters 19, 20 

The 1906 San Francisco Earthquake

Japanese Immigration


Progressive Reform in California

Reading: Rawls, Chapters 21, 22


The 1920s and Hollywood

Reading: Rawls, Chapters 23, 24

California's Movie Industry

Levi Strauss and California Manufacturing

Conservation to Preservation

1908 - Ford introduces the Model T

Central Valley

Muir Woods National Monument - History and Culture

The Colorado River


The Great Depression in California

Reading: Rawls, Chapters 25, 26

1939 - Steinbeck Writes The Grapes of Wrath

Mexican Americans and the Depression

Hoover’s Response

Lost in the Movies


The Impact of War

Reading: Rawls, Chapter 27, 28

Prisoners at Home

Cars and Guns

TV: A Vast Wasteland

The Enemy Within


Race, Politics, Protest and Reaction

Reading: Rawls, Chapters 29–on

A Politicized People - Latinos

Students Protest Loudly

1957 - Jack Kerouac Begins the Beat Generation in American Literature

The Reagan Revolution

Turning Up the Volume

1954 - Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas