He opened the top one, Bolton
Hall's "Three Acres and Liberty," and read to them of a man who walked six hundred and fifty miles a year in cultivating, by old-fashioned methods, twenty acres, from which he harvested three thousand bushels of poor potatoes; and of another man, a "new" farmer, who cultivated only five acres, walked two hundred miles, and produced three thousand bushels of potatoes, early and choice, which he sold at many times the price received by the first man.
The Boltons crossed the bay to attend dinner and opera dates with the Ehrmans in San Francisco; in summer they were guests at the Ehrmans' Lake Tahoe lodge; and Bolton invited Ehrman along on one of his southwestern expeditions to retrace the routes of a Spanish explorer.
Bolton is a key figure in this story because he has been accused of holding anti-Semitic attitudes and keeping Jews out of the history department of the University of California at Berkeley, a charge I have heard from several historians whose names will go unmentioned.
It is not surprising that the stories about Bolton hang on.
Bolton retired in 1940 but was brought back to the university during World War II.
During his four decades on the Berkeley campus, Bolton chaired the history department, ran the Bancroft Library, and trained hundreds of graduate students, some of whom became prominent historians in their own right.
When I decided to write a book about Bolton in 1987, one of the first claims that I heard about him was that he was anti-Semitic.
9) Perhaps Bolton, who wrote favorably about Catholic history in America, shared these pernicious views.
Bolton's student in the 1930s, was kept out of the history department by Bolton because he was a Jew.
But in his youth Bolton was not a crusader against prejudice.
Though Bolton evidently believed that Jews possessed distinctive physical characteristics, he did not believe that they should be barred from graduate school or academic employment.
Marshall's vicious comments foreshadowed the difficulty that Bolton would have in placing Nasatir.