Elaine Elinson


Book Review: Selected Letters of Langston Hughes

A Prayer for Peace, A History of War

Sutro Baths -- Test Case for Civil Rights in San Francisco

San Francisco's Own Rosa Parks

Wherever There's a Fight: How Runaway Slaves, Suffragists, Immigrants, Strikers, and Poets Shaped Civil Liberties in California
Wherever There's a Fight captures the sweeping story of how freedom and equality have grown in California, from the gold rush right up to the precarious post-9/11 era. The book tells the stories of the brave individuals who have stood up for their rights in the face of social hostility, physical violence, economic hardship, and political stonewalling.

"A lesson in American history riding the 14 Mission bus"
Published in the San Francisco Chronicle Sunday edition, July 9, 2006, this insightful article about what you can see on an ordinary bus ride generated a dozen letters-to-the-editor from people who starting thinking differently about their fellow passengers, and themselves.

"Soup, salad, suffrage: How women won their right to vote in California"
Published in the San Francisco Chronicle Sunday edition on March 4, 2007, this article draws on unique historical archives--letters, diaries, and even a menu from a working woman’s café--to put the fight for women’s suffrage in a new light.

United Farm Workers Documentation Project
European Grape Boycott

While the United Farm Workers union was waging a battle for justice in the grape vineyards of the sweltering San Joaquin Valley, their unlikely ambassador brought the grape boycott to the dockworkers of England and Scandinavia.


Development Debacle: The World Bank in the Philippines
Development Debacle “merits more serious attention. Its depth of documentation is unparalleled in studies of the World Bank. Thanks to active helpers inside the Bank, the authors got most of the internal country and project reports on the Philippines from... the Bank... Finest effort to date.”
--Multinational Monitor

Selected Works

I fell in love with this poet in a high school English class, and was thrilled that decades later I reviewed his work for my (new) hometown newspaper.
The famed oceanside baths owned by the Mayor of San Francisco, would not allow Blacks to swim there -- until waiter John Harris challenged the color bar in 1897.
Charlotte Brown defied a color bar on San Francisco street cars while the Civil War was still raging.
What a ride on the city bus can tell you about your fellow passengers – and yourself.
Untold history of working women’s efforts to secure the vote in San Francisco.
Magazine Article
A journey to Viet Nam with Veterans for Peace reveals the lasting legacies of war -- Agent Orange and unexploded ordnance.
Gold Medal, California Book Awards 2010 Bronze Medal in History, Foreword Book Awards 2010
Expose of how U.S. investment in the Philippines bolstered the oligarchy and oppressed the poor.