Supporting your high street Find out how »
Basket Image


A Squatter's Republic : Land and the Politics of Monopoly in California, 1850-1900, Hardback Book

A Squatter's Republic : Land and the Politics of Monopoly in California, 1850-1900 Hardback

Part of the Western Histories series


Who should have the right to own land, and how much of it?

A Squatter's Republic follows the rise and fall of the land question in the Gilded Age - and the rise and fall of a particularly nineteenth-century vision of landed independence.

More specifically, the author considers the land question through the anti-monopolist reform movements it inspired in late nineteenth-century California.

The Golden State was a squatter's republic - a society of white men who claimed no more land than they could use, and who promised to uphold agrarian republican ideals and resist monopoly, the nemesis of democracy.

Their opposition to land monopoly became entwined with public discourse on Mexican land rights, industrial labor relations, immigration from China, and the rise of railroad and other corporate monopolies.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 240 pages, 12 b/w photographs
  • Publisher: Huntington Library Press,US
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: General & world history
  • ISBN: 9780873282550



Free Home Delivery

on all orders

Pick up orders

from local bookshops

Also by Tamara Venit Shelton

Also in the Western Histories series   |  View all