Based upon a Study of Early Conditions in California
This chapter, published in Putnam's Magazine in 1909, focuses on the character of a province about a national unity in contrast with the importance of provincial consciousness. The chapter repeats in substance his discussion of California in “Characteristic Tendencies” and looks at the development of California during his youth and the second stage of frontier life that led to the formation of a provincial consciousness. The chapter proposes three principles that should govern the character inside the community itself. The first principle holds that determination of the community to live its own life is through preserving the integrity of its individual ideals and customs. The second principle follows that the community has its dignity to assert over newcomers. The third principle called “provincial love” idealizes the province by glorifying it through legend, good works, and kindly provision of its inhabitants.
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