e as more evil than another, but rather how all acted in a collusion to create the history of California. The book is a fascination study of just how people fought, cheated, integrated, and adjusted to the other. More importantly, while he answers some important historical questions, he creates questions regarding many 20th century issues that will require addressing.
Munroy gets detailed with his history of Spanish and Mexican California by relating in anthropological manner mundane everyday things such as work, sexuality, and body discipline. He examines the patriarchical hierarchies in the missions and ranchos. He reviews the emergence of California's market economy and the character and implications of the incessant racial violence that continues to this day. According to the facts Monroy has brought together here, the racial politics and injustice of California go back a long way.
Monroy describes in detail seigniorial Californio society. During the eighteenth-century En