Making San Francisco American: Cultural Frontiers in the Urban West, 1846-1906

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28 August 2009
Making San Francisco American: Cultural Frontiers in the Urban West, 1846-1906
Barbara Berglund creates a fascinating tapestry of racial, cultural and historical ideas that come together in the book Making San Francisco American: Cultural Frontiers in the Urban West, 1846-1906. At first, Berglund talks about how San Francisco’s start and the long process that San Francisco went through laid the foundation for what San Francisco is today. San Francisco was fuelled by the concept of the frontier and the freedoms of frontier life. Still, according to Berglund, the gold rush gave ways to typical cultural hierarchies.
Most people think of San Francisco as a stereotype: that the city...
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.....resting and personal examples to state her case, which makes Making San Francisco American an engaging read.
On the other hand, nothing seemed particularly new in Barbara Berglund’s Making San Francisco American. There seems to be an excess of muckraking literature like this book that serves to reinforce the fact that America was founded on oppression. Though things are starting to change, it seems like a regurgitation of points that have been made by historians for years now, just aimed at a specific city with a specific reputation. Overall, however, Barbara Berglund is a talented writer and historian and Making San Francisco American: Cultural Frontiers in the Urban West, 1846-1906 was interesting, albeit old news for students of history.