Thesis

Jefferson State

In 1941, counties in northern California and southern Oregon expressed a growing
 dissatisfaction with their respective governments' inadequate attention to the needs of
 these communities to either develop their economic infrastructure, nor address the
 perceived political disparity between rural populations and urban centers. As the lack of
 assistance led to economic stagnation, these regions could not achieve similar political
 recognition as their urban counterparts.
 Thus, these counties united to create Jefferson, a new, independent, more responsive
 state, hoping to downsizing overburdened state bureaucracies in favor of conceptions of
 equal representation through popular mandate.
 This social movement was abandoned in 1941, but the tradition of critical judgment of an
 unresponsive legislature is memorialized and celebrated in the region today. It is this
 state of mind that embodies the spirit of Jefferson State and persists in the American ideal
 of democracy.

Thesis (M.A., History) -- California State University, Sacramento, 2009.

In 1941, counties in northern California and southern Oregon expressed a growing dissatisfaction with their respective governments' inadequate attention to the needs of these communities to either develop their economic infrastructure, nor address the perceived political disparity between rural populations and urban centers. As the lack of assistance led to economic stagnation, these regions could not achieve similar political recognition as their urban counterparts. Thus, these counties united to create Jefferson, a new, independent, more responsive state, hoping to downsizing overburdened state bureaucracies in favor of conceptions of equal representation through popular mandate. This social movement was abandoned in 1941, but the tradition of critical judgment of an unresponsive legislature is memorialized and celebrated in the region today. It is this state of mind that embodies the spirit of Jefferson State and persists in the American ideal of democracy.

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