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The Basic Writings of Josiah Royce, Volume ICulture, Philosophy, and Religion$
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John J. McDermott

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780823224838

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823224838.001.0001

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The Struggle for Order: Self-Government, Good-Humor and Violence in the Mines

The Struggle for Order: Self-Government, Good-Humor and Violence in the Mines

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(p.43) 2 The Struggle for Order: Self-Government, Good-Humor and Violence in the Mines
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The Basic Writings of Josiah Royce, Volume I
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John J. McDermott
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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823224838.003.0002

This chapter considers two familiar errors concerning California in the years between 1848 and 1856, both of which are misconceptions of the era of the struggle for order. One of these errors will have it that, on the whole, there was no struggle; while the other affirms that, on the whole, there was no order. In fact there were both, and their union is incomprehensible save as a historical progress from lower to higher social conditions. The chapter suggests that the moral elasticity of the people is so great, their social vitality so marvelous, that a community of Americans could sin as fearfully as did the mining community in the early years, and yet could live to purify itself within so short a time, not by a revolution, but by a simple progress from social foolishness to social steadfastness.

Keywords:   California, Josiah Royce, order, struggle, pioneers, sin, mining community

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