Popular Book, Oakland, The Story Of A City Author Beth Bagwell This Is Very Good And Becomes The Main Topic To Read, The Readers Are Very Takjup And Always Take Inspiration From The Contents Of The Book Oakland, The Story Of A City, Essay By Beth Bagwell Is Now On Our Website And You Can Download It By Register What Are You Waiting For Please Read And Make A Refission For You A wonderful read and fulfilling for this long time san franciscan, who has worked the past 10 yrs in Oakland, to finally learn some of Oakland s history. Supposedly the authoritative history of the city I ve called home for over a decade, this book was certainly amusing and informative, but I have to say at the outset, the editing was horrendous Typos were legion and punctuation seemed applied at random If anyone from the Oakland Heritage Alliance is reading this, I hereby volunteer to give the third edition a re read with a red pen I ll do a better job than I do with my Goodreads reviews, promise.The other thing this book could use is an expanded epilogue The one in this edition is wonderful, but I desire There was no mention of Occupy Oakland, the Knowland Park debacle, Oscar Grant, etc I guess you can t cover everything.Some notes well, two jute n a cheap fiber used for string and fabric produced from plants in the genus Corchorus.On p 4 Bagwell quotes one Piedro de Alberni, who, upon surveying the current site of San Francisco as a possible location for the Villa de Branciforte, supposedly called it the worst place or location in California It s almost too good to check, but I had to try because I am who I am She cites Dwinelle s The Colonial History of the City of San Francisco Dwindle in her citation, ugh , which quotes the good Don as describing SF thusly I am convinced that the worst place or situation in California is that of San Francisco for the establishment of such a villa So, in addition to misspelling Dwinelle s name, she misquoted the work but where is the original Surely Don Piedro didn t write this letter in English, and I can t find this California Archives, Vol 1, Missions and Colonization, page 874 I went so far as to write the Bancroft Library asking for information My hope is that they will be so delighted that someone sought the services of a librarian to find information that they will leap at the chance to help Somewhere someone is having a good laugh, but hope springs eternal Insulting San Francisco must have a bulletproof citation UpdateThe library did respond They said, the original documents cited by Dwinelle, California Archives, Vol 1, Missions and Colonization, page 874 in his publication The Colonial History of the City of San Francisco went up in flames in the 1906 Earthquake and Fire they were stored in City Hall which burned to the ground They went on to suggest this letter might be in some Mexican governmental archives they have on microfilm, and that while I was welcome to register as a researcher to access them, they are very poorly organized and finding this letter would be one very long and arduous research project. I live in Oakland and relish these historical, true tales of my city Required reading for all East Bay dwellers or visitors, especially as we watch the enormous changes happening today It is good to walk around and sense the layers of development that a city presents cultures lost and found, both good and bad. Very readable and informative, with many excellent photos Largely focused on the period from Oakland s founding, ca 1849, to the early years of the 20th century, an earlier history of this city than most of us are aware of these days One thing I wanted to address To paraphrase the author at the end of the book, post WWII Oakland became, in people s minds, a poster child for urban problems, yet there was and is much to the city than that Here is my take In the WWII years, the industrial city of Oakland became a magnet for large numbers of people, including many black Americans, working in the war industry Prior to the war, there had been only a tiny percentage of blacks in Oakland, but that event than doubled the city s black population It makes sense that strife, both racial and likely also due to overcrowding, was probably inevitable, given a change of such speed and magnitude One also cannot discount the openly racist nature of American society at this time Events then followed a pattern typical of that era, with those who could afford to move to the suburbs the better off segments of the white population doing so, and those who could not remaining in the urban areas Let me also say that one cannot discount the effects of America s history of slavery and its resultant economic effects This is what lies behind the common perception of Oakland as nothing than a place of urban blight.
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- 292 pages
- Oakland, the Story of a City
- Beth Bagwell
- 24 September 2018 Beth Bagwell