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Welcome to the California State Bookstore. We're glad you stopped by and we hope that you find exactly what you're looking for. Shopping categories include books about California people, books about California History, California Cookbooks, Hiking and enjoying the California outdoors, California reference books, and calendars, magazines and newspapers, DVD and videos, and posters under MORE. In The California State Bookstore you will find information about California for readers of all ages. Age ranges for books for young readers are highlighted in red. Have fun.


Bear Flag Rising : The Conquest of California, 1846 by Dale L. Walker
Descended from the original Bear Flag, first raised at Sonoma in 1846, the California State Flag symbolizes American resistance to and conquest of Mexican governance in California. Bear Flag Rising :The Conquest of California, 1846 tells the story of California from the time when only native Americans populated the countryside to the U.S. seizure of Mexican possessions on its journey to fulfill its "manifest destiny." This book is simply required reading for those interested in the history of California on the road to statehood... Good reading.

Editorial Review

Amazon.com On June 14, 1846, a band of rebels calling themselves "Osos"--their name inspired by grizzly bears whose "fighting spirit" they admired--gathered in the plaza of Sonoma, California. At dawn that day, they had ridden into the town and occupied it, forcing the Mexican Colonel Vallejo to surrender. In celebration of their bloodless victory, the rebels fashioned a flag bearing their emblem: a brown bear on a white field, a red stripe along the bottom and a red star in the upper corner, and the words "California Republic"--painted in pokeberry juice. The Osos cheered as the Bear Flag was raised for the first time.

Dale L. Walker's Bear Flag Rising tells how America wrested California from Mexico, and the events that changed the map of the U.S. more radically than any event after the Louisiana Purchase. Walker enlivens California's already colorful history with capsule biographies of the heroic villains and villainous heroes that populated the area. Notable among these are Commodore Robert Field Stockton and General Stephen Watts Kearny, both ostensibly with the same purpose--to claim California and fulfill America's Manifest Destiny--but with differing methods and goals. Caught between the rival conquerors' enormous egos, celebrated explorer John Charles Frmont ended up with his career (and, possibly, his life) in danger. Thoroughly researched, engagingly written, Bear Flag Rising is an excellent addition to the growing list of books on the American West. --Sunny Delaney

 
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