Alicia Rivera

Academic Historian

Alicia J. Rivera is currently an Assistant Professor in history at California State University, Fresno in Fresno, California.  She is a registered nurse who in her latter years became interested in American history, particularly in issues of labor and race. Ms. Rivera has received many awards for her work, among them California State, Fresno Social Science’s Dean’s Medal and a Ronald E. McNair Scholarship while attending California State University–Fresno. She holds a BSN from the University of Costa Rica and a BSA and a MA in history from California State University, Fresno. Ms. Rivera’s work has been published in numerous encyclopedias such as Encyclopedia of African American Biography. Her work on the San Diego Superior Court Case, Lemon Grove v. Roberto Alvarez was published in The Journal of Latin/Latino American Studies, (JOLLAS).

Pio de Jesus Pico (1801-1894)

Image Ownership: Public Domain Pio Pico was the last governor of Mexican California. He was of African, Indian, and Spanish ancestry. He was born in San Gabriel in 1801 and resided there until his father’s death in 1819; he then moved to San Diego. It … Read MorePio de Jesus Pico (1801-1894)

Peter William Cassey (1831- ?)

Image Ownership: Public Domain Peter William Cassey was born in Philadelphia in 1831, the son of renowned African American abolitionist Joseph Cassey.  Cassey learned political activism from his father. He also learned the barbering trade which he pursued after his arrival in San Francisco in … Read MorePeter William Cassey (1831- ?)

Wysinger v. Crookshank, 1888

  Image Ownership: Public Domain Wysinger v. Crookshank is the first case that rendered school segregation of African Americans in California contrary to the law. On October 1, 1888, 58-year-old Edmond Wysinger, a former slave who bought his freedom working in the California mines, moved … Read MoreWysinger v. Crookshank, 1888

Vicente Guerrero (1783-1831)

Image Ownership: Public Domain Vicente Guerrero was born in the small village of Tixla in the state of Guerrero.  His parents were Pedro Guerrero, an African Mexican and Guadalupe Saldana, an Indian. Vicente was of humble origins. In his youth he worked as a mule … Read MoreVicente Guerrero (1783-1831)

Katherine Davis ChapmanTillman (1870- ?)

Kate Chapman was born February 19, 1870 in Mount City, Illinois.  She began writing very early in life. Her family moved to Yankton, South Dakota where her father established a hunting dog breeding business valued at $50 to $100 and owned a home valued at … Read MoreKatherine Davis ChapmanTillman (1870- ?)