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Story of the Session of the California Legislature of 1909   By: (1869?-1964)

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In "Story of the Session of the California Legislature of 1909," author Franklin Hichborn delivers an insightful and captivating account of the political landscape and legislative proceedings during an important period in California's history. Through his meticulous research and engaging narrative style, Hichborn paints a detailed portrait of the state's political figures, their motivations, and the significant issues they grappled with.

Hichborn's book offers an invaluable perspective on the inner workings of the California Legislature during the early 20th century, shedding light on the complexities and challenges of governance in a rapidly evolving society. The author's deep knowledge of the subject matter is evident throughout the book, as he skilfully weaves together facts, anecdotes, and primary sources to present a comprehensive overview of the legislative session.

One of the book's greatest strengths is Hichborn's ability to make history come alive. Through his vivid descriptions and relatable storytelling, he brings key figures such as Governor James Gillett and Speaker Arthur Harries to life, delving into their personal backgrounds and political ambitions. By humanizing the individuals behind the politics, Hichborn creates a more intimate connection between the reader and the events taking place.

Moreover, Hichborn skillfully tackles the critical issues that shaped the session, including labor reform, water rights, and the influence of special interest groups. His analysis is insightful, providing a balanced perspective that illuminates both the intentions and consequences of the legislature's decisions. Furthermore, he demonstrates a remarkable ability to highlight the interconnectedness of various policy areas, showcasing how decisions in one realm inevitably impact others.

Despite the book's scholarly nature, Hichborn successfully crafts a narrative that engages readers beyond academia. His accessible writing style, free from excessive jargon, ensures that the content remains accessible to a wider audience, sparking a broader interest in California's history and legislative process.

However, this book might benefit from deeper exploration of contrasting viewpoints and perspectives involved in the legislative debates. While Hichborn provides a well-rounded picture of the key players, the inclusion of diverse opinions and dissenting voices could further enrich the reader's understanding of the political dynamics at work.

In conclusion, "Story of the Session of the California Legislature of 1909" is an engrossing and informative account that appeals to both history enthusiasts and policymakers alike. Franklin Hichborn's meticulous research, engaging narrative style, and comprehensive analysis make this book an essential resource for anyone interested in understanding the political landscape of California during this pivotal period.

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Story of the Session of the California Legislature of 1909

by Franklin Hichborn

The well being of the State requires that the opponents to the machine in Senate and Assembly, regardless of party label, organize the Legislature. But back of this is the even more important requirement that there be elected to the Legislature American citizens, with the responsibility of their citizenship upon them, rather than partisans, burdened, until their good purposes are made negative, by the responsibility of their partisanship.

San Francisco Press of The James H. Barry Company 1909

CONTENTS

Chapter

I. Breaking Ground II. Organization of the Senate III. Organization of the Assembly IV. The Machine in Control V. Election of United States Senator VI. The Anti Racetrack Gambling Bill VII. Passage of the Anti Racetrack Gambling Bill VIII. The Direct Primary Bill IX. The Machine Defeated in the Senate X. Fight Over the Assembly Amendments XI. Machine Amends Direct Primary Bill XII. The Railroad Regulation Issue XIII. Machine Defeats the Stetson Bill XIV. Railroad Measures XV. Defeat of the Commonwealth Club Bills XVI. How the Change of Venue Bill Was Passed XVII. Passage of the Wheelan Bills XVIII. Defeat of the Local Option Bill XIX. Defeat of the Initiative Amendment XX. Defeat of the Anti Japanese Bills XXI... Continue reading book >>




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