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John Steinbeck's Progressive California (Draft)

PREFACE
 
This is a story of immigration of people to America seeking a better life and a place to call home. It is a story about John Steinbeck’s maternal ancestors, the Hamilton family; his grandfather Samuel, great aunt Mary and great uncle Robert Hamilton, the three of whom emigrated from Ireland destined for California.  
 
It is also a story of their children, first generation Americans, several of whom were provided the opportunity to attend higher academic institutions. One child became a famous judge serving as an Associate Justice of the California Supreme Court. Other children of the Hamilton clan became teachers in the most rural of Monterey County’s one-room schoolhouses, which at the time were little more than board and batten shacks.  One of these teachers, Steinbeck’s mother Olive Hamilton Steinbeck, became a charter member of one of California’s many progressive women’s club of the early nineteenth century, the Salinas Wanderers Study Club. 
 
Intertwined in this story is the telling of New England Protestant values and the shaping of the morals and ethics of Californians during the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, including those of the author, John Steinbeck.
 
 

JOHN STEINBECK AND THE PROGRESSIVE MOVEMENT

CALIFORNIA’S PROGRESSIVE WOMEN’S MOVEMENT

THE SALINAS FREE PUBLIC LIBRARY

SALINAS WANDERERS STUDY CLUB

FROM IMMIGRATION TO EXCLUSION

 

A NEW EYE OPENING IN THE WEST

PROTESTANT MISSIONARIES SENT TO CENTRAL CALIFORNIA

RE - VISIONING OF THE PROTESTANT AMERICAN MYTH

THE EARLY SALINAS VALLEY

LAYING DOWN THE RAILROAD TRACKS

ARRIVAL OF IMMIGRANTS

POPULATION GROWTH IN SALINAS CITY

POPULATION GROWTH IN MONTERY COUNTY

ESTABLISHMENT OF PROTESTANT CHURCHES

ESTABLISHMENT OF PROTESTANT MORALS

 
 
HOUSE OF HAMILTON
 
SAMUEL HAMILTON
 
SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA
 
SALINAS, CALIFORNIA
 
THE HAMILTON RANCH,  SAN ARDO, CALIFORNIA
 
A COLLECTION OF HOMESTEAD PROPERTIES
 
A DRY ARTESIAN WELL
 
A FIFTIETH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY
 
SAMUEL HAMILTON’S PRESBYTERIAN FAITH
 
 
SAMUEL HAMILTON’S BLUESTOCKING DAUGHTERS
 
LIZETTE CARTER “LIZZIE” HAMILTON
 
ADELIA “DESSIE” HAMILTON 
 
MARY LOUISE “MOLLIE” HAMILTON
 
EUNICE B. “EUNA” HAMILTON
 
OLIVE BLANCHE “OLLIE” HAMILTON
 
 
SCHOOLTEACHERS IN MONTEREY COUNTY IN THE LATE EIGHTEENTH  AND EARLY NINETEENTH CENTURY
 
MONTEREY COUNTY TEACHERS INSTITUTE
 
BEYOND THE MONTEREY COUNTY TEACHERS INSTITUTE
 
 
PACIFIC GROVE:  A RETREAT FROM INDUSTRIALIZATION
 
PACIFIC GROVE AND THE ANNUAL CHAUTAUQUA ASSEMBLY
 
OLIVE STEINBECK’S ENCHANTMENT
 
THE BLUE LAWS OF PACIFIC GROVE