California Mission Landscapes: Race, Memory, and the Politics of Heritage (Architecture, Landscape, and American Cu, by Elizabeth Kryder-Reid (Author)

Nothing defines California and our nation s heritage as significantly or emotionally, says the California Mission Foundation, as do the twenty-one missions that were founded along the coast from San Diego to Sonoma. Indeed, the missions collectively represent the state s most iconic tourist destinations and are touchstones for interpreting its history. Elementary school students today still make model missions evoking the romanticized versions of the 1930s. Does it occur to them or to the tourists that the missions have a dark history? California Mission Landscapes is an unprecedented and fascinating history of California mission landscapes from colonial outposts...

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