The epic story of the founding of the Golden State
NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY, SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION / ART RESOURCE, NY
California’s “Bonaparte,” explorer John C. Frémont
The founding of California was an adventure, an epic, a tragicomedy, a conquest, and a window into America’s soul. It was a creation ex nihilo that reveals the roots of society, the establishment of justice, and the very nature of man. “All our brutal passions were here to have full sweep, and all our moral strength, all our courage, our patience, our docility, and our social skill were to contend with these passions,” native son Josiah Royce wrote of his motherland in 1886. Philosophers have long extrapolated from existing states, of whose origins the precise details are lost, just how political life comes into being. In California, there is no need to speculate. It happened only yesterday, every noble act and sordid deed alike recorded. From its beginnings, though, American California has always been a forward-looking place; the past holds little interest unless it can promise some future good. Yet the ascent to who we want to be must begin from knowing who we are—and how we got that way.
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Still need donations for kumeyaay familys in Mexico
Just wanted to share the article from our company on the most recent trip to one of the Kumiai visits. Larry, we are making another trip this Sat. march 14th this time to the Kumeyaay Children's shelter in partnership with the Peace and Dignity project who is helping me secure translators for the medical staff.. Urban tribal Indians in Tecate will come and get a chance to see a Dr. for free.. be seen by nurses, have their blood pressure & diabetes checked. I also have a phone attachment that takes EKG's so we will be providing that as well. Devon ( Santa Ysabel ) & Dwight Lomayesva (Hopi) from the AIR program donated coats and school supplies and backpacks . My Dr. got diabetes supplies donated. I am donating coffee and soaps. Where I work Kaplan donated toothbrushes and gloves for the exams. Jamul donated $500 for that trip. I will use that money to buy basic food supplies for the families such as beans and rice and flour and toilet paper and whatever else I can get with all the money. I will be buying for 11 families and am so grateful for Erica Pinto from Jamul helping me to get this donation. Karen