JOIN US FOR AN ONLINE PRESENTATION ON TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2020, AT 7:15 P.M.
FOR A TALK BY BRIAN CHAVEZ ON:
Ranchos, Regiments, and Reconnections:
The Transformation of Californio Identity in Civil War-Era California
The Civil War Era transformed the lives of many Americans. But for the Californios—the former Hispanic residents of Spanish and Mexican California—the Civil War was a formative period by which Californios challenged the terms of their continued conquest in California and in the process shaped the state’s early-American future. This lecture will examine the following: What did it mean for Californios to fight under Union, Confederate, and Mexican military forces and even in some cases find themselves fighting alongside a former enemy of the Mexican-American War? Why did Californios increasingly promote patriotic assemblies celebrating Mexican and American nationalism while both nations were in the midst of their own civil wars, is this the beginning of California’s transnational Mexican-American identity that is still present in California today? In answering the call of the recent historiographic shift in Californio scholarship, this analysis will demonstrate the agency of California’s earliest Hispanic Americans against the age of increasing Anglo-American dominance. It will show how Californios modified their identity to survive the rapid changes that occurred during the Civil War-Era both in human and non-human control that pushed them to seek new ways of asserting their role in the shaping of nineteenth-century American California.
Brian Chavez has over a decade of experience in historic sites and institutions in the Los Angeles area with an emphasis on museum education and collection management. He has most notably served as a museum guide at the Drum Barracks Civil War Museum. It is there where he fell in love with local history and the greater American Civil War narrative since first volunteering in 2010 at the age of 15. Since then he has not only had the honor to volunteer his time to the museum, but also work for the City of LA Department of Recreation and Parks at the site to educate the general public on Los Angeles’ Civil War past through tours, exhibits and lectures. Today, Brian continues to volunteer at local historic sites such as Rancho Los Cerritos, and work as a gallery and collections coordinator at his local historical society. He received an A.A. in history from Long Beach City College (2015), a B.A. in history from the University of California, Los Angeles (2017), and is currently completing an M.A. in history with an emphasis on early Mexican American communities in the borderlands of the American Southwest from California State University, Long Beach.
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Pasadena CWRT - Tuesday, October 27, 2020
7:15 PM - 9:00 PM (PDT)
Pasadena CWRT Virtual Meeting
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