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Living on the EdgeAn American Generation's Journey through the Twentieth Century$
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Richard A. Settersten Jr., Glen H. Elder Jr., and Lisa D. Pearce

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9780226748092

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2021

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226748269.001.0001

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California, Here We Come!

California, Here We Come!

(p.21) 2 California, Here We Come!
Living on the Edge

Richard A. Settersten Jr.

Glen H. Elder

Lisa D. Pearce

University of Chicago Press

This chapter charts the diverse paths of the 1900 generation to California, situating them within the larger history of migration. Changing residence is seen as a way to better one’s chances, and in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries, America was viewed around the world as a land of extraordinary opportunity, especially the far west and California. The chapter reveals important differences based on birthplace, history, and descent, which set in motion the way their lives unfold as they make their way into adulthood and then come together as husbands and wives, fathers, and mothers.

Keywords:   migration, immigration, economic opportunity, educational opportunity, population growth, American Dream, American West, California, San Francisco Bay

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