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Title An aristocracy of color : race and reconstruction in California and the West, 1850-1890 / D. Michael Bottoms.
Imprint Norman : University of Oklahoma Press, ©2013.

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Description 1 online resource (xiii, 274 pages) : illustrations
Series Race and culture in the American West ; v. [5]
Race and culture in the American West ; v. 5.
Note Series numbering from jacket.
Bibliog. Includes bibliographical references (pages 241-256) and index.
Note Available only to authorized UTEP users.
Print version record.
Subject West (U.S.) -- Race relation -- History -- 19th century.
Minorities -- West (U.S.) -- History -- 19th century.
African Americans -- West (U.S.) -- History -- 19th century.
Chinese Americans -- West (U.S.) -- History -- 19th century.
Mexican Americans -- West (U.S.) -- History -- 19th century.
California -- Race relations -- History -- 19th century.
Minorities -- California -- History -- 19th century.
African Americans -- California -- History -- 19th century.
Chinese Americans -- California -- History -- 19th century.
Mexican Americans -- California -- History -- 19th century.
California.
West United States.
1800-1899
Genre History.
Contents "Every colored man is the victim": race and the right to be heard in California's courts, 1851-1872 -- The apostasy of Henry Huntley Haight: race, reconstruction, and the return of democracy in California, 1865-1870 -- "The most satanic hate": racial segregation and reconstruction in California schools -- "Wa Shing and his tireless fellows": Chinese laundires and the reconstruction of the Chinese race -- "The Chinese must go!": the twin careers of exclusion and expulsion.
Summary As historian D. Michael Bottoms shows in An Aristocracy of Color, many white Californians saw in this and other Reconstruction legislation a threat to the fragile racial hierarchy they had imposed on the state's legal system during the 1850s. But nonwhite Californians -- blacks and Chinese in particular -- recognized an unprecedented opportunity to reshape the state's race relations. Drawing on court records, political debates, and eyewitness accounts, Bottoms brings to life the monumental battle that followed.
Other Title Print version: Bottoms, D. Michael, 1966- Aristocracy of color. Norman : University of Oklahoma Press, ©2013 9780806143354