A Review Essay on 'Racial Propositions: Ballot Initiatives and the Making of Postwar California' by Daniel Martinez HoSang
California Legal History, Vol. 5, p. 367, 2010
16 Pages Posted: 10 Apr 2011
Date Written: December 1, 2010
It is probably the case that after Prop. 8 few people think of California as at the frontier of civil rights in this country. Professor HoSang's book helpfully reminds us that this is not news but a pattern. This review essay analyzes HoSang's historical lens into that pattern: that California's repeat performances can be traced to "racial liberalism" and an ideology of "political whiteness."
Keywords: direct democracy, California, whiteness, Myrdal, Hartz
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