Dan Lotts sat in his dorm flipping through the letter from his cousin in the National Gaurd. He was somewhere down south, most likely the Mojave Desert, patroling the region for "trouble." Dan glanced at his watch and got up walking across the qaud to his history class.
“ Now we are going to go into more recent history. Who can tell me what brought about the resurgence of the California First Party?” Professor Milan looked about his classroom, “Anyone at all…” With an indigent sigh he began to talk when Suzie Jacobs raised her hand. Dan thought she was a bombshell through and through, but way to classy for a lug like him.
“Yes Ms. Jacobs?”
“Was not the great depression the cause of the Party coming back?” Suzie twirled her finger through her long curly red hair.
“Very good.” Professor Milan wrote Great Depression on the chalkboard. “Now this is an important thing to focus on. Following that the dust bowl swept though the Midwest, literally destroying everyone’s farms. What were left were few states able to take care of themselves. California was lucky in this respect; the state government followed the example of president Hoover and planned to let the economy fix itself. Of course all that really did was let the CFP resurface in 1931.”
Dan Lotts sat at up the mentioning of the Party. He himself was a card-carrying member of the California first party. He raised his hand, something he rarely did in any class. Professor Milan pointed to him, “Mr. Lotts do you have to go practice?”
“I have a question.” Professor Milan nodded for Dan to continue, “Do you agree with the textbook?”
“Excuse me?” the Professor cocked his head to the side curiously.
“The textbook makes us sound like a bunch of fanatics, for trying to leave the United States. Chapter seven seemed alright, but eight and nine seem more like comments on how great the East Coasters are.” The class went silent as Dan awaited an answer.
“You are certainly welcome to your opinion,” Professor Milan then continued with his lecture. When class ended Dan got up and started walking to the door. Professor Milan rested his hand on Dans shoulder.
“Yes Professor?” Dan wondered what he did now. What occurred was Professor Milan reaching into his pocket and holding up a card. It had a black bear claw in the center, surrounded by a white circle on a red background.
“ I completely agree with what you said in class today Dan, can I call you Dan?”
“Please call me Martin. Now Dan take this card. There is an address on the back, I think you should go see this man, bring your friends. They will be welcome.” Martin smiled, packing his things up for the day. Dan looked at the back of the card:
Grizzlies Regional Office
Eugene Kelbs, Attorney at Law
2103 South Camino Street San Fransico, CA
Dan looked to his professor and grinned, “Thank you sir.”
Professor Milan held his right hand up like he was taking an oath, “ Long Live California.”