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Eleanor Smith

A native of southern California, Eleanor Smith is a free-lance writer currently living in Berkeley. She has contributed to Nuclear California, The New Environmental Handbook, and Atom's Eve, in addition to being former managing editor of Not Man Apart, published by Friends of the Earth.

Two Californias

The Myths And Realities Of A State Divided Against Itself

Two Californias explores for the first time the pervasive folk myth that Northern and Southern California should really be separate states. You hear it all the time in the media and on the street - but is it true?

Michael DiLeo and Eleanor Smith look closely and discover that there are profound truths embedded in the folk tradition. And equally profound misconceptions. Probing the surprising and little-known history of the split-state movement, the authors find that its underlying sentiments have been part of California politics and culture since territorial days.