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Race Questions, Provincialism, and Other American
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Josiah Royce, Scott L. Pratt, and Shannon Sullivan

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780823231324

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823231324.001.0001

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The Pacific Coas

The Pacific Coas

A Psychological Study of the Relations of Climate and Civilization

(p.118) IV The Pacific Coas
Race Questions, Provincialism, and Other American Problems

Josiah Royce

Fordham University Press

This chapter focuses on the development of loyalty and its social character as provincialism in the context of the environmental constraints and affordances of northern California. It cites various poems, passages, and views about the provincial aspects of loyalty. Royce tries to credit the climate and geography of California with producing a distinctive form of idealistic philosophy. The attributions mark a recognition that, like any community that responds to its place and history, a geographical region develops a distinctive sense of its own purpose and future. California has developed its own distinctive provincial character, aided by its isolation from the eastern United States and its place at the intersection of Spanish-speaking peoples. The result is the development of individuals who generate new ideas and possibilities and a broader commitment to the community as a whole.

Keywords:   climate, civilization, provincialism, poems, isolation, geographical region

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