California Studies Dinner: Glenna Matthews, “The Golden State in the Civil War” October 16

Glenna Matthews will discuss her recent book, The Golden State and the Civil War: Thomas Starr King, the Republican Party, and the Birth of Modern California, at the October 16 session of the UC Berkeley California Studies Dinner Seminar.  According to the Journal of American History, the book’s “retelling of a familiar story in an unfamiliar setting greatly enhances our understanding of the Civil War.”  Dr. Matthews is a Laguna Beach author and scholar who has formerly taught at UC Berkeley and Stanford.  The seminar will be at the university’s Center for Labor Research and Education, 2521 Channing Way, Berkeley from 7 to 9 p.m.  Free admission and dinner.  Contact Myra Armstrong at

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