Take a look at California’s wild political history on September 2
Just in time for another anniversary of California statehood—and another unusual election season—the Menlo Park Library will take a look at our state’s rich and sometimes wild political history!
On Thursday, September 2, from 6:30 to 7:30 pm, learn about pivotal elections that demonstrated the power of voters to change the course of history, and hear the seldom-heard backstories behind those elections. Register online.
- Voting rights issues in California from the 1849 constitution on, including African Americans, Chinese Americans, and women
- The innovative campaign that women waged to get the vote
- The California Progressive Party (AKA California Bull Moose), which put women’s suffrage, the initiative, recall and referendum on the 1911 ballot
- The 2003 Gubernatorial Recall election
The presenters are Steve Swatt, Susie Swatt, and Jeff Raimundo, who along with Rebecca Lavally, wrote the books Game Changers: Twelve Elections That Transformed California; and Paving the Way: Women’s Struggle for Political Equality in California.