The Hells Angels Motorcycle Club started in Fontana, just west of San Bernardino, around 1948. . . . Although club members claimed to be nothing more than fun-loving motorcycle riders, the Angels came to be viewed by the government as an extensive drug ring and crime organization akin to the mafia.
-- The Court that Tamed the West: From the Gold Rush to the Tech Boom by Richard Cahan, Pia Hinckle, and Jessica Royer Ocken, published by Heyday Books
The Court that Tamed the West is the history of the American West through an examination of the judges and the cases heard in the US District Court for the Northern District of California, one of the most influential courts in America.. It offers an inside look at some of the biggest events to shape our country, such as the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II, Vietnam War draft dodging, and the environmental court battles of the more recent decades.
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