The Father of All: The de la Guerra Family, Power, and Patriarchy in Mexican California 9780873282406

Historian Louise Pubols presents a rich and nuanced study of a key family in California's past: the de la Guerras o

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The Father of All: The de la Guerra Family, Power, and Patriarchy in Mexican California
 9780873282406

Table of contents :
Frontmatter
Contents
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Ch. 1 | A Thing of Honor and Profit: The Creation of Californias Elite Families
Ch. 2 | Padre de la Patria, Padre de Familias
Ch. 3 | Open Ports and Intermarriage
Ch. 4 | Native Sons: Land Hunger, Liberalism, and Rebellion
Ch. 5 | Home Rule: Family Honor in Free California
Ch. 6 | Reinventing Patriarchy in Time of War
Epilogue
Appendix
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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