From Teaching California: California’s diverse geography, mild climate, and plentiful natural resources have attracted settlers for many thousands of years, and these same features have created opportunities for lucrative work and innovation. The primary sources found here are intended to show students the geographic and economic factors that encouraged settlement and development of the citrus region of Southern California.
Collected here you will find several complementary primary sources focused on California’s citrus industry. Moving image resources include Spanish and English-language films produced by California’s Employment Development Department on harvesting lemons and working on a citrus farm; a promotional film produced by Sunkist; and industrial films demonstrating agricultural equipment. Photographs span the 20th century and include several of Japanese-American farming families. Also included are postcards and pamphlets promoting citrus agriculture as a symbol of prosperity and plenitude.
While some of these materials may be more appropriate for older grade levels than the corresponding Teaching California Inquiry Set, we hope this sampling will be of interest to any California educators looking to incorporate primary source materials into their teaching of state and local history.
From Teaching California: This lesson focuses on the topic of work and jobs to illuminate change over time. Kindergartners have some direct experiential knowledge of jobs today, which can be leveraged to learn about the differences and similarities of jobs and work in the past.
This supplemental set of materials digitized by California Revealed spotlights additional kinds of work and workers from all across the state. Images of agricultural, medical, retail, and public sector workers are complemented by documents highlighting aspects of job seeking and job training. While some of these materials may be more appropriate for older grade levels than the corresponding Teaching California Inquiry Set, we hope this sampling will be of interest to any California educators looking to incorporate primary source materials into their teaching of state and local history.
Image, text, and audiovisual material relationg to California fish. Content includes images of native California fish like the Silver Gar, American Shad, and Largemouth Black Bass. Other material consists of moving images about Shad fishing and California's Golden Trout.