Focus on California: OAH 2018
This spring, when OAH conference participants converge on Sacramento to discuss many aspects, eras, and geographies of American history, more than 20 sessions, eight tours, and an evening plenary will focus on the latest in California history.
Eminent historians Vicki Ruiz, Waldo Martin, and T.J. Stiles will speak about “California and the Nation: Past, Present, and Future” on Thursday afternoon, April 12, from 4:45 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. They will examine not only how the state and the nation have responded to one another over time but also how their contested history has in turn shaped the choices we face today.
Attendees are also invited to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of California Newsreel, a nonprofit, social-justice film distribution and production company based in San Francisco, with a film festival of seven documentaries. “50 Years of Radical Image Making and Documenting the Past: A Conversation with Cornelius Moore of California Newsreel” will kick off the festival on Friday April 13, at 10:00 a.m. “East LA Interchange,” about the evolution of Boyle Heights, and “Adios Amor—The Search for Maria Moreno,” about the early farmworker and organizer, will be among the featured films shown on Friday and Saturday, April 13 and 14.
The following sessions will explore California history:
Thursday, April 12
Historicizing the Golden State: New Directions in California History
- Catholics in the Golden State, 1945–1962
- Co-Opting the Border: African Americans Fighting American Racial Injustice from Baja California
- San Francisco’s World’s Fairs and the Pacific World: 1915 and 1939
- Ephemeral Forums, Enduring Communities: Latina/o Community in 1990s Southeast Los Angeles
Race, Ethnicity, Recreation, and Leisure in California History
- Barrio Baseball in the Golden State: California’s Mexican Communities, 1920–1960
- Erasures and Excavations of Physical Culture in Cypress Street Barrio, Orange, CA
- Sacramento High School Sport, 1880–1900
Shaping San Francisco: The Forms of History (a workshop)
Friday, April 13
Negotiating Americanization: Gender, Race, and Indigenous Citizenship in the Early 20th Century
- American Indian Citizenship during the New Deal
- Making Hawaii American: The Public Schools of Territorial Hawaii, 1898–1941
- Unsettling Domesticity: Native Women in the San Francisco Bay Area, 1918–1936
Saturday, April 14
Join us in Sacramento!