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TUESDAY, MAY 24, AT 7:15 P.M. (Pacific Time)
FOR A PRESENTATION BY LAURA VOISIN GEORGE AND DR. DAN LYNCH ON:
"THE CHIVALRY IN ANTEBELLUM AND CIVIL WAR SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA"
This presentation highlights different perspectives by two scholars working on the Chivalry in antebellum and Civil War-era California. Laura Voisin George’s research toward her UCSB Ph.D. in History questions who and what was the Chivalry, which is usually portrayed in the literature as a pro-slavery cadre of migrants from the Southern states that formed a faction within the state’s Democratic Party. Her close examination considers the Chivalry in relation to significant events in California’s and the nation’s antebellum period, including the Compromise of 1850, the mid-1850s interruption of the Know-Nothing Party, and the 1860 split in which the new Southern Democratic Party’s candidate captured the majority of Southern California’s presidential votes. By tracking the individuals associated with the Chivalry, her work identifies unstudied discontinuities and connections that point to a new context for the California Democratic Party’s return to power only two years after the war’s end, enabling it to obstruct the state’s ratification of the Fourteenth and Fifteen Amendments.
Dan Lynch’s 2015 UCLA dissertation, “Southern California Chivalry: The Convergence of Southerners and Californios in the Far Southwest, 1846-1866,” discusses the Chivalry in the Borderlands context of post-Conquest California. While at first glance an unlikely alliance, Dan demonstrates the similarity of their seigneurial notions of social hierarchy and masculine honor, and the ways they worked together as vigilantes in Southern California in the turbulence following the Mexican-American War and the Gold Rush. He discusses how together they stimulated a military build-up in the region during the Civil War, which included some Californios joining the pro-Union California Native Cavalry Battalion. Such changes closed a window of opportunity to establish a hybrid seigneurial society that would have benefitted land-owning rancheros and white Southerners while expanding slavery and other forms of unfree labor. In bringing to light this overlooked example of intercultural cooperation, Dan situates it within the incorporation of the Southwest into the United States and the more comprehensive scope of the Greater Reconstruction.
The presentation will conclude with an invitation for members of the Pasadena Civil War Round Table to participate in this research.
Laura Voisin George is a Pasadena CWRT member and an architectural historian based in Pasadena. She has recently completed the UCSB coursework for a PhD in History, and is in the early stage of dissertating. She is interested in the political, social, and economic development of the nineteenth century U.S., and the overlay of these values onto the racial and cultural landscape of Southern California following the U.S. Conquest.
Daniel Lynch is an Instructor of History and Social Science at Marlborough School in Los Angeles and an historian with a PhD from UCLA. His research focuses on the intersection of masculinity, race and politics in nineteenth-century Southern California.
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