By Costa Mesa Historical Society

3 rising groups from the partitioned Rancho Santiago de Santa Ana shaped the unbelievable commence for a urban that will ultimately proclaim itself the "City of the Arts." those farming communities--Fairview, Paularino, and Harper--attracted households and businesspeople. neighborhood leaders then took pragmatic steps to satisfy neighborhood wishes equivalent to colleges, church buildings, and a water offer. Harper's first land developer appealed to oldsters of modest capability via advertisements, "You! 5 Acres." via 1920, Harper wanted a broader identification and a neighborhood businessman proposed a naming contest, providing a $25 prize. "Costa Mesa," spotting the area's history and geography, reaped the gift. 8 years later, electorate handily defeated town of Santa Ana's annexation try out by way of a margin of 5 to 1. the good melancholy, the 1933 lengthy seashore earthquake, and the 1938 Santa Ana River flood then besieged the fledgling group. Undaunted, Costa Mesa persisted to develop. through 1939, the degree were set for the postwar miracle that might develop into the fashionable urban of Costa Mesa.

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39 No part of American thinking, Bailyn suggests—not the widespread belief in a ministerial conspiracy, not the hostile and vicious indictments of individuals, not the fear of corruption and the hope for regeneration, not any of the violent seemingly absurd distortions and falsifications of what we now believe to be true, in short, none of the frenzied rhetoric—can be safely ignored by the historian seeking to understand the causes of the Revolution. Bailyn’s study, however, represents something other than a more com­ plete and uncorrupted version of the common idealist interpretations of the Revolution.

By concentrating on the immediate events of the decade leading up to independence, the historians of the 1950s have necessarily fled from the economic and social determinism of the Progressive his­ torians. And by emphasizing the consistency and devotion with which Americans held their constitutional beliefs, they have once again focused on what seems to be the extraordinary intellectuality of the American Revolution and hence its uniqueness among Western revolutions. This interpretation, which, as Jack P.

Our intellectual life is made up of struggles over getting people to accept different meanings of our experiences—in effect, trying to change Introduction | 17 the culture. The stakes are always high because actions that we cannot make meaningful—cannot conceive of, rationalize, legitimate, or per­ suade other people to accept—we in some sense cannot undertake. What is permissible culturally affects what is permissible socially or politically, so that although ideas may not be the motives for behavior (underly­ ing interests and passions are the real motives), ideas do affect and limit behavior.

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