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History of California 1900 to present


History of California 1900 to present

This article continues the history of California in the years 1900 and later;
for events through 1899, see History of California before 1900.

After 1900, California continued to grow rapidly and soon became an agricultural and industrial power. The economy was widely based on specialty agriculture, oil, tourism, shipping, film, and after 1940 advanced technology such as aerospace and electronics industries - along with a significant military presence. The films and stars of Hollywood helped make the state the "center" of worldwide attention. California became an American cultural phenomenon; the idea of the "California Dream" as a portion of the larger American Dream of finding a better life drew 35 million new residents from the start to the end of the 20th century (1900–2010).[1] Silicon Valley became the world's center for computer innovation.


  • California demographics 1
  • California earthquakes 2
  • California oil industry 3
    • Natural gas 3.1
  • California businessmen 4
  • California women 5
  • Progressive Movement 6
    • Lincoln–Roosevelt League 6.1
  • Organized labor 7
    • Labor in the 1920s 7.1
    • Labor in the 1930s 7.2
      • Labor unions 7.2.1
      • Farm labor 7.2.2
      • Okies 7.2.3
  • Radical politics 8
  • Water projects 9
    • Los Angeles Aqueduct 9.1
    • Hetch Hetchy 9.2
    • Central Valley Project 9.3
    • Water recycling 9.4
    • Desalination projects 9.5
    • California Department of Water Resource data 9.6
  • California's highway system 10
  • Movies, radio and TV 11
  • California aerospace and shipping 12
    • California aerospace history 12.1
    • Notable California aircraft 12.2
    • California aerospace museums 12.3
    • California shipping 12.4
      • Kaiser–Permanente California shipyards 12.4.1
      • California Shipbuilding Corporation 12.4.2
  • California naval bases 13
    • Mare Island Naval Shipyard 13.1
    • Naval Base San Diego 13.2
  • Growth after World War II 14
  • California as an economic powerhouse 15
  • High-tech expansion 16
  • 2000–present 17
    • Housing bubble bursts 17.1
    • Religion 17.2
  • See also 18
  • References 19
  • Bibliography 20
    • Scholarly surveys 20.1
    • Environment, transportation, agriculture, water 20.2
    • Scholarly specialty studies 20.3

California demographics

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