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Chinese Laundries

In 1941, a year after the last Chinese dwelling in Anaheim was torn down, Knott's Berry Place in Buena Park received a new resident in...

Orange County Designed the Lost Cause

Southerner's played key roles in the founding of Orange County. Like many places across California and the West, following the Civil War,...

Ahead of His Time: H.W. Head

After the Civil War, Southerners grappled with the reality of Reconstruction and adjusting to Black freedom. On December 24, 1865, a...

Orange County, 1889

The first official map of Orange County after seceding from Los Angeles, showing rancho boundaries and the towns.

Too American: Sam "Cussed"

Anti-Asian sentiment gripped the nation in the 19th and 20th centuries, Orange County included. Many Orange Countians, including...

Uncle Walt Embraces Aunt Jemima

Walt Disney believed in Thomas Jefferson’s empire of liberty, and like Jefferson, normalized the institution of slavery in that vision. ...

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