From California, a Progressive Cry for State's Rights

2/14/2017 - Professor of History Kathryn Olmsted in the New Republic.

Donald Trump hadn’t even been sworn in as president before California was declared, in the words of The New York Times, “the vanguard of the resistance.” With a Democratic supermajority, the country’s largest immigrant population, and Governor Jerry Brown’s landmark policies on climate change, the state was gearing up for battle against the Trump administration.

Wallace Stegner famously wrote that California is “just like America, only more so.” What happened in his home state presaged developments everywhere else; even its people were a portent of changes to come. “California always had immigrants, migrants, and others looking to start something new,” says Kathryn Olmsted, a history professor at the University of California, Davis.

Read the full story in the New Republic.

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