HIST 2080 California History Assignment Euro-American ascendancy marked the history of California from the Gold Rush and ensuing
statehood through the Progressive Era. Choose one or two of the following topics:
Agriculture (including irrigation and reclamation of land)
Government and law (including vigilantism and corruption)
Seafaring (shipping and fishing)
Railroads (construction and operation)
Resource extraction (minerals and oil)
Culture, education, and boosterism
Labor (urban and rural)
For your chosen topic(s), describe the changes/development from approximately 1849-1920
wrought by Euro-Americans, and identify individuals/groups who played significant roles.
For your topic(s), identify and describe groups and individuals over which Euro-Americans
dominated or attempted to dominate (including non-elite Euro-Americans), and discuss ways
these groups/individuals resisted the domination. HIST 2080 California History Assignment
For your topic(s), assess the ways in which the changes wrought by Euro-American ascendancy
benefitted and/or harmed California and/or the United States more generally.
1. Double spaced, one inch margins all around, 12 pt font. Put your name, course number/section,
date and e-mail address in the upper right corner (single-spaced). Number the pages.
2. Essay page limit is 6 pages of text. You may include a general introduction/conclusion but are not
required to do so. Minimum page limit: 4 pages, but 5-6 pages is strongly suggested.
3. You must primarily use course material for this assignment. Outside material can be used to
supplement your essay. Cite to all materials relied upon (paraphrase or direct quote), including
page number(s). Essays without citation to course material will not be accepted. Use parenthetical
citations along with a Works Cites page, or footnotes. Cite to Pacific Eldorado as “PE” (for
example, (PE, 35) means that the material you are relying on is in Pacific Eldorado on p. 35). You
should have at least one citation per paragraph unless the paragraph is a general introduction,
conclusion, or purely your opinion. For outside sources, provide a full citation.
4. Suggested organization: Use a heading(s) to identify your chosen topic(s). Under each heading,
answer the three questions in an essay that flows well. You may: 1) choose two smaller topics, and
address them separately, 2) choose two related topics and address them together, or 3) choose one
larger topic and address it. Paragraph appropriately. HIST 2080 California History Assignment