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The golden fortress : California's border war on dust bowl refugees  Cover Image Book Book

The golden fortress : California's border war on dust bowl refugees / Bill Lascher.

Lascher, Bill, (author.).

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  • ISBN: 9781641606042
  • ISBN: 1641606045
  • Physical Description: viii, 232 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: Chicago, Illinois : Chicago Review Press, [2022]

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Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 211-219) and index.
Summary, etc.:
"In February 1936, Los Angeles police officers drove hundreds of miles to California’s state borders with one mission: turn back anyone deemed too poor to enter. Myths of the Golden State’s abundance enticed thousands of Americans uprooted by the Depression, but those who created those myths saw only invading criminal “hordes” that they believed just one man could stop: James “Two-Gun” Davis, Los Angeles's authoritarian police chief. The Golden Fortress tells the story of Davis’s audacious deployment of hand-picked armed police slamming California’s door on America’s Dust Bowl refugees and Depression-displaced migrants. It depicts the sometimes deadly consequences of law enforcement politicized and weaponized against the poor, even in remote places like Modoc County, where a sheriff’s opposition to the blockade inflamed an already smoldering feud between an itinerant newsman and a publisher obsessed with her California heritage"--
Subject: Migration, Internal > United States > History > 20th century.
Dust Bowl Era, 1931-1939.
California > History > 20th century.
California > Social conditions > 20th century.

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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Jefferson County Library-Arnold 979.4052 LASCHER (Text) 30061100067244 New Books Checked out 09/08/2022

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