Date of Award

Summer 8-30-2016

Document Type


Degree Name

MA History



Committee Chair

Michael J. González

Committee Co-Chair

Iris W. Engstrand


This thesis argues that the industrious Californio people continued to prosper in Los Angeles after statehood in 1850. Certain historians have emphasized the hardworking Californio culture at various points in Los Angeles history. But no one has defended their overall work ethic. Thus, this thesis goes farther than other historians in discrediting the notion that Californio Angelinos died out quickly because they could not sustain success under American leadership.