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The following post has two assignments namely;
Respond to the following set of questions in an essay of 1,500 words. Question: “California is no ordinary state,” writes Carey McWilliams in the monumental work California: The Great Exception (1949: 24), “it is an anomaly, a freak, the great exception among the American states.” While “Californians are not a unique people,” writes McWilliams (1949: 63) “the ‘population’ of California is quite unique.” Properly understood this goes far “towards explaining the exceptionalism of California.” “The Californians are representative of the American people, [but] … (t)hey are more like the Americans than the Americans themselves,” a point which McWilliams characterizes as something of a “riddle.” “Here, in this ‘great bowl of the west,'” writes McWilliams, “the settlement of America has been repeated but with a difference, a special accent, and, above all, with a remarkable foreshortening of the process. California is all American, but uniquely combined, uniquely put together; … a land of exceptional opportunity.” The characterization by McWilliams, now almost 70 years old, could strike a knowledgeable person as: (a) Hardly unique at all given California’s history going back to before it was even, constitutionally-speaking, a state (b) Reflective of the time-specific euphoria associated with the post-World War II era both in California specifically and in America more generally; or (c) Prescient in how well it manages to capture the essence of California even into the second decade of the 21st century. Utilizing the available readings, what’s your assessment of the “California” described by Carey McWilliams? There is no right or wrong answer.