John L. "Diversity Gave Birth to L.A."
Bean, Walton. California: An Interpretive History.
John and LaRee Caughey, editors. Los Angeles: Biography of a City.
beautiful array of literary and historical pearls hung on a chronological strand
reflecting the foundation, development, and growing maturity of the most cussed and
discussed city in
feast for readers of Southwestern history and literature! The Caugheys, both deeply
immersed in the field, have produced an anthology which through imaginative selections 'on
historical guidelines tells the city's kaleidoscope story.' It is not the whole story and
it represents a distinctive viewpoint, but it is a collection unique for the history and
variegated experience of
intelligent combination of essays reveals much about
Deverell, William. Whitewashed Adobe: The Rise of Los Angeles and the Remaking of its Mexican Past. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 2004.
Leonard. The Decline of the
Californios: A Social History of the Spanish-Speaking Californians, 1846-1890.
Gregory. Religion in the City
Robert. The Fragmented
Metropolis: Los Angeles 1850-1930.
The 20th Century and Beyond
Wild, Mark. Street
Meeting: Multiethnic Neighborhoods in Early Twentieth-Century Los Angeles. University
of California Press, 2005.
Immigrant neighborhoods of the early twentieth century have commonly been viewed as segregated, homogeneous slums isolated from the larger "American" city. But as Mark Wild demonstrates in this new study of Los Angeles, such districts often nurtured dynamic, diverse environments where residents interacted with individuals of other races and cultures. In fact, as his engaging account makes clear, between 1900 and 1940 such multiethnic areas mushroomed in Los Angeles. Street Meeting, enriched with oral histories, reminiscences, newspaper reports, and other sources, examines interactions among working-class Mexicans, Chinese, Japanese, Jews, Italians, African Americans, and others, reminding us that Los Angeles has been a multiethnic city since its birth. This study further argues that these ethnic interactions played a crucial role in the urban development of the United States during the early decades of the twentieth century.
From the Inside Flap
"This insightful analysis of ethnoracial contact and social networks among immigrants and racial groups in the central districts of Los Angeles is the product of new thinking. Wildís conclusions are fresh and sound."--Tom Sitton, coeditor of Metropolis in the Making: Los Angeles in the 1920s
"This stimulating and exciting book is a work of synthesis that draws on dozens of previous theses and studies, as well as reminiscences, oral histories, testimony, and other first-person accounts. The result is an original and persuasive interpretation of the West's most important city."--Carl Abbott, author of The Metropolitan Frontier: Cities in the Modern American West
Stanley M., and Gary B. McGee, editors. Dictionary of Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements.
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Carey. North From
Southern California, an
Review: This probably the only book about
Sitton, Tom, and William Deverell, eds. Metropolis in the Making:
and William Deverell's collection of essays on
Davis, Mike. City of
The book is
a historical, economic, and cultural dissection of
of Quartz, and various stories from the work, are occasionally cited in local
newspaper articles in the Los Angeles Times, the
now-defunct New Times LA, and
particularly, LA Weekly. The
edition of the book published in 2006 contains a preface detailing changes in
In this excellent book on
Davis, City of
the 2006 Verso edition includes a new Preface by Mike Davis and a critique of the Roman
Catholic Church in
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Avila, Eric. Popular Culture in the Age of White Flight: Fear and Fantasy in Suburban Los Angeles. University of California Press, 2006.
Los Angeles pulsed with economic vitality and demographic growth in the decades following World War II. This vividly detailed cultural history of L.A. from 1940 to 1970 traces the rise of a new suburban consciousness adopted by a generation of migrants who abandoned older American cities for Southern California's booming urban region. Eric Avila explores expressions of this new "white identity" in popular culture with provocative discussions of Hollywood and film noir, Dodger Stadium, Disneyland, and L.A.'s renowned freeways. These institutions not only mirrored this new culture of suburban whiteness and helped shape it, but also, as Avila argues, reveal the profound relationship between the increasingly fragmented urban landscape of Los Angeles and the rise of a new political outlook that rejected the tenets of New Deal liberalism and anticipated the emergence of the New Right.
Avila examines disparate manifestations of popular culture in architecture, art, music, and more to illustrate the unfolding urban dynamics of postwar Los Angeles. He also synthesizes important currents of new research in urban history, cultural studies, and critical race theory, weaving a textured narrative about the interplay of space, cultural representation, and identity amid the westward shift of capital and culture in postwar America.
From the Inside Flap
"In Popular Culture in the Age of White Flight, Eric Avila offers a unique argument about the restructuring of urban space in the two decades following World War II and the role played by new suburban spaces in dramatically transforming the political culture of the United States. Avila's work helps us see how and why the postwar suburb produced the political culture of 'balanced budget conservatism' that is now the dominant force in politics, how the eclipse of the New Deal since the 1970s represents not only a change of views but also an alteration of spaces."--George Lipsitz, author of The Possessive Investment in Whiteness
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Rieff's premise seems to be that
to want to debunk the notion that this influx of people from all over the world means that
doesn't bother to puncture that optimism by discussing exactly where he thinks
"in a First World way on
Worse, according to Rieff, these bourgeois yuppies don't truly interact with the immigrants working for them. This is because they're products of television, and on TV, families in sitcoms don't have servants, yet their houses stay clean anyway. Of course, the author didn't spend any systematic time with the immigrants; he just did things like sit with an attendant in the valet parking lot for a few hours.
are a lot of rich jerks on the Westside of Los Angeles (and in the many other middle class
areas of the city), and yes, people on the planet Earth tend to be concerned with
parochial things like their own circle of friends and their neighborhood. This is
particularly true in a city like
flirts with a real issue now and then, as when he talks about whether the new wave of
immigrants will assimilate in a different way than previous waves, but here, too, he's
relentlessly conclusion-free. He obsesses about some sort of mass psychology of
can-do-ism, with a tone of "Boy, are they in for a surprise . . ." Angelenos, he
keeps saying, seem to have an illusion that they can control their own destiny, that
things will work out. If these mass psychologies really exist, it's hard to believe they
differ that much from city to city, or even nation to nation. Will New Yorkers be less
capable of solving their problems because they're more "
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Deverell, William and Greg Hise, editors. Land of Sunshine: An Environmental History of Metropolitan Los Angeles. University of Pittsburgh Press, 2006.
Since ancient times, great cities have been shaped by their environments. But cities have also exacted their price. In these astute and very necessary essays, leading experts who are also good writers tackle important questions regarding the origins, rise, present circumstances and future sustainability of the second largest metropolitan region in the nation. No one can understand the City of Angels and its attendant communities without reference to this pioneering book. Kevin Starr, University Professor and Professor of History, University of Southern California, Author, Americans and the California Dream series.
"A powerful and compelling insight into how the greater
Los Angeles area from prehistory to the present has succeeded, failed, and compromised at
environmental sustainability." Norris Hundley, UCLA
"Covers the subject with absolute thoroughness, capturing the full extent of LAs physical sprawl and cultural diversity. The book also offers insight into the ongoing debate about LAs current and evolving relationship with nature." Mike Logan, Oklahoma State University
Most people equate Los Angeles with smog, sprawl, forty suburbs in search of a city-the great "what-not-to-do" of twentieth-century city building. But there's much more to LA's story than this shallow stereotype. History shows that Los Angeles was intensely, ubiquitously planned. The consequences of that planning-the environmental history of urbanism--is one place to turn for the more complex lessons LA has to offer.
Working forward from ancient times and ancient ecologies to the very recent past, Land of Sunshine is a fascinating exploration of the environmental history of greater Los Angeles. Rather than rehearsing a litany of errors or insults against nature, rather than decrying the lost opportunities of "roads not taken," these essays, by nineteen leading geologists, ecologists, and historians, instead consider the changing dynamics both of the city and of nature.
In the nineteenth century, for example, "density" was considered an evil, and reformers struggled mightily to move the working poor out to areas where better sanitation and flowers and parks "made life seem worth the living."
We now call that vision "sprawl," and we struggle just as much to bring middle-class people back into the core of American cities. There's nothing natural, or inevitable, about such turns of events. It's only by paying very close attention to the ways metropolitan nature has been constructed and construed that meaningful lessons can be drawn. History matters.
So here are the plants and animals of the Los Angeles basin, its rivers and watersheds. Here are the landscapes of fact and fantasy, the historical actors, events, and circumstances that have proved transformative over and over again. The result is a nuanced and rich portrait of Los Angeles that will serve planners, communities, and environmentalists as they look to the past for clues, if not blueprints, for enhancing the quality and viability of cities.
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Philip J. Into the
Philip J., History Department,
Pearlstone, Zena. Ethnic L. A. Beverly Hills, CA: Hillcrest Press, 1990.
Roger and Mehdi Bozorgmehr, eds. Ethnic
R. Stephen and Judith G. Wittner, editors. Gatherings in Diaspora: Religious Communities and the New Immigration.
Charles, editor. Ethnic
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