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Whitewashed Adobe The Rise of Los Angeles And the Remaking of Its Mexican Past (Paperback)

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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0520246675
ISBN-13: 9780520246676
Sku: 31233351
Publish Date: 4/10/2007
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 9H x 6L x 0.75T
Pages:  349
Age Range:  NA
 
A history of how powerful whites in Los Angeles, between the 1850s and World War II, managed to erase the presence of Mexicans from the city's history, from significant parts of its landscape, and from its power structure--a story with much to tell us about LA's contemporary ethnic arrangements.
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Chronicling the rise of Los Angeles through shifting ideas of race and ethnicity, William Deverell offers a unique perspective on how the city grew and changed. Whitewashed Adobe considers six different developments in the history of the city--including the cementing of the Los Angeles River, the outbreak of bubonic plague in 1924, and the evolution of America's largest brickyard in the 1920s. In an absorbing narrative supported by a number of previously unpublished period photographs, Deverell shows how a city that was once part of Mexico itself came of age through appropriating--and even obliterating--the region's connections to Mexican places and people.
Deverell portrays Los Angeles during the 1850s as a city seething with racial enmity due to the recent war with Mexico. He explains how, within a generation, the city's business interests, looking for a commercially viable way to establish urban identity, borrowed Mexican cultural traditions and put on a carnival called La Fiesta de Los Angeles. He analyzes the subtle ways in which ethnicity came to bear on efforts to corral the unpredictable Los Angeles River and shows how the resident Mexican population was put to work fashioning the modern metropolis. He discusses how Los Angeles responded to the nation's last major outbreak of bubonic plague and concludes by considering the Mission Play, a famed drama tied to regional assumptions about history, progress, and ethnicity. Taking all of these elements into consideration, Whitewashed Adobe uncovers an urban identity--and the power structure that fostered it--with far-reaching implications for contemporary Los Angeles.
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A poetic look at the lives of the Shakers, a utopian community established in the United States in 1774 by Ann Lee. An end note explains the many contributions Shakers have made to the world, including the perfection of herbal medicine, the creation of seed packets, and their firm belief in equal rights for all their members. Illustrated with acrylic paintings.
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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0349
Product attributePublisher:   University of California Press
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