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* THE PRESIDENT of the Sierra Community College District, in
California, stepped down late last week after months of
battling a few members of his board who accused him of fiscal
mismanagement. The president, Kevin M. Ramirez, has denied
all of the allegations against him.
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MAGAZINES & JOURNALS
A glance at the January issue of "Common-Place":
Approaching American history from the Pacific
Some historians are approaching American history from a new
direction -- from the West, via the Pacific Ocean.
From that perspective, the cast of characters in the nation's
past is less familiar, say Edward G. Gray, an associate
professor of history at Florida State University, and Alan
Taylor, a professor of history at the University of California
at Davis, in an introduction to an issue on the topic.
Instead of the Pilgrims and colonists of the Atlantic Coast,
Pacific history is peopled by "Russian fur traders, Spanish
missionaries, Japanese fishermen, French and Spanish explorers,
British naval officers, American travelers, German naturalists,
Tahitian translators, Aleutian hunters, Polynesian navigators,
Yankee merchants, and that peculiar species of Pacific
go-between, the beachcomber," they write.
Such figures were relatively obscure for too long, but they are
now starting to get their due, says Peter A. Coclanis, a
professor of history at the University of North Carolina at
Chapel Hill, in an essay.
"Scholars have begun to take seriously, really for the first
time, historical actors, actions, and processes both on the
ocean itself and around and along the entire Pacific Rim," Mr.
"Almost 500 years after Balboa," he says, "American historians
have themselves discovered the Pacific."
The issue is online at http://www.common-place.org
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