chapter  1
The California Republic: More Like a Nation Than a State
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Every so often the earth moves in California. Sometimes the movement is mild-just a tremor-but at other times the land and its people are shaken by massive earthquakes. Such events are transformative. Cities are destroyed and rebuilt in new shapes and forms. People’s lives end or are altered. Some flee to more stable places; others breathe a sigh of relief and get on with their lives.