The World Rushed in by J.S. Holiday — Chapter 10 to the End — California and Back Home

Truth be told, once William Swain arrived in California, his letters became a bit dull.  The journey across the plains and over the mountains offered a wide variety of hardships, enough to fill his stories for the rest of his life, (His wife would refer to him as “My 49’er” when he died decades later)  but the mining camps featured day after day of digging, … Continue reading The World Rushed in by J.S. Holiday — Chapter 10 to the End — California and Back Home

The World Rushed In by J.S. Holiday. Chapter II: Fitting for a Start and Chapter III: The Great California Caravan

Last week in one of his now infamous dissents Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia said that California does not count as part of the American West.  He was a little more forceful than that.  My initial response was, of course, “Drop dead.”  Not in those words exactly, but you get the picture. It’s a tired and somewhat racist view, this notion that the true America … Continue reading The World Rushed In by J.S. Holiday. Chapter II: Fitting for a Start and Chapter III: The Great California Caravan