Making the San Fernando Valley

Author: Laura R. Barraclough
Publisher: University of Georgia Press
ISBN: 0820335622
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In the first book-length scholarly study of the San Fernando Valley—home to one-third of the population of Los Angeles—Laura R. Barraclough combines ambitious historical sweep with an on-theground investigation of contemporary life in this iconic western suburb. She is particularly intrigued by the Valley's many rural elements, such as dirt roads, tack-and-feed stores, horse-keeping districts, citrus groves, and movie ranches. Far from natural or undeveloped spaces, these rural characteristics are, she shows, the result of deliberate urbanplanning decisions that have shaped the Valley over the course of more than a hundred years. The Valley's entwined history of urban development and rural preservation has real ramifications today for patterns of racial and class inequality and especially for the evolving meaning of whiteness. Immersing herself in meetings of homeowners' associations, equestrian organizations, and redistricting committees, Barraclough uncovers the racial biases embedded in rhetoric about “open space” and “western heritage.” The Valley's urban cowboys enjoy exclusive, semirural landscapes alongside the opportunities afforded by one of the world's largest cities. Despite this enviable position, they have at their disposal powerful articulations of both white victimization and, with little contradiction, color-blind politics.

Thrown Among Strangers

Author: Douglas Monroy
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 0520082753
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Every California schoolchild's first interaction with history begins with the missions and Indians. It is the pastoralist image, of course, and it is a lasting one. Children in elementary school hear how Father Serra and the priests brought civilization to the groveling, lizard- and acorn-eating Indians of such communities as Yang-na, now Los Angeles. So edified by history, many of those children drag their parents to as many missions as they can. Then there is the other side of the missions, one that a mural decorating a savings and loan office in the San Fernando Valley first showed to me as a child. On it a kindly priest holds a large cross over a kneeling Indian. For some reason, though, the padre apparently aims not to bless the Indian but rather to bludgeon him with the emblem of Christianity. This portrait, too, clings to the memory, capturing the critical view of the missionization of California's indigenous inhabitants. I carried the two childhood images with me both when I went to libraries as I researched the missions and when I revisited several missions thirty years after those family trips. In this work I proceed neither to dubunk nor to reconcile these contrary notions of the missions and Indians but to present a new and, I hope, deeper understanding of the complex interaction of the two antithetical cultures.

The Nation and Its Peoples

Author: John Park
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135103690
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With this volume, The University of California Center for New Racial Studies inaugurates a new book series with Routledge. Focusing on the shifting and contradictory meaning of race, The Nation and Its Peoples underscores the persistence of structural discrimination, and the ways in which "race" has formally disappeared in the law and yet remains one of the most powerful, underlying, unacknowledged, and often unspoken aspects of debates about citizenship, about membership and national belonging, within immigration politics and policy. This collection of original essays also emphasizes the need for race scholars to be more attentive to the processes and consequences of migration across multiple boundaries, as surely there is no place that can stay fixed—racially or otherwise—when so many people have been moving. This book is ideal as required reading in courses, as well as a vital new resource for researchers throughout the social sciences.

A People s Guide to Los Angeles

Author: Laura Pulido
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 0520953347
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A People’s Guide to Los Angeles offers an assortment of eye-opening alternatives to L.A.’s usual tourist destinations. It documents 115 little-known sites in the City of Angels where struggles related to race, class, gender, and sexuality have occurred. They introduce us to people and events usually ignored by mainstream media and, in the process, create a fresh history of Los Angeles. Roughly dividing the city into six regions—North Los Angeles, the Eastside and San Gabriel Valley, South Los Angeles, Long Beach and the Harbor, the Westside, and the San Fernando Valley—this illuminating guide shows how power operates in the shaping of places, and how it remains embedded in the landscape.

Western Movie Making Locations Volume 1 Southern California

Author: Jerry L Schneider
Publisher: Lulu Press, Inc
ISBN: 1312711558
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Over 160 western movie locations in the Southern California area are detailed in this book by location expert Jerry L. Schneider. Histories of each location along with extensive filmographies of each location is included.

Ein Mann von Welt

Author: Antoine Wilson
Publisher: Suhrkamp Verlag
ISBN: 345873189X
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Oppen Porter, ein gutmütiger Riese, ein Kindskopf, stirbt. Glaubt er jedenfalls. 27 Jahre lang war sein Leben ereignislos, dann ging alles ganz schnell. Er hat seinen Vater begraben, er hat zum ersten Mal seinen kalifornischen Geburtsort verlassen und ist in die Stadt gezogen, er hat in einem Fastfood-Restaurant gearbeitet und einem Freund beigestanden, er hat sein Glück gesucht und gefunden. Und jetzt liegt er, davon ist er überzeugt, auf dem Totenbett. Doch bevor er abtritt, will er seinem ungeborenen Sohn hinterlassen, was er auf seinem abenteuerlichen Ausflug gelernt hat. Also schaltet er das Tonband an und erzählt: von seinen Begegnungen mit Menschen, die alle glauben, ihr Weg sei der beste für ihn. Von Carmen, die ihn so nimmt, wie er ist. Und von seiner Entschlossenheit, ein Mann von Welt zu werden. Antoine Wilson hat mit Oppen Porter eine Figur geschaffen, die uns die Welt mit anderen Augen sehen lässt – einen heiligen Einfaltspinsel, der jede Aufgabe, die ihm sein neues Leben stellt, mit kindlicher Neugier und entwaffnender Ehrlichkeit besteht. »Ein Mann von Welt« ist ein Buch voller Wärme und Humor, das uns etwas Wichtiges lehrt: den Wert von Eigensinn.

Mission San Fernando Rey de Espa a

Author: Jacqueline Ching
Publisher: The Rosen Publishing Group, Inc
ISBN: 9780823958931
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Discusses the founding, building, operation, closing and restoration of the Spanish mission in San Fernando and its role in California history.

Material Dreams

Author: Kevin Starr
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199923272
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Kevin Starr is the foremost chronicler of the California dream and indeed one of the finest narrative historians writing today on any subject. The first two installments of his monumental cultural history, "Americans and the California Dream," have been hailed as "mature, well-proportioned and marvelously diverse (and diverting)" (The New York Times Book Review) and "rich in details and alive with interesting, and sometimes incredible people" (Los Angeles Times). Now, in Material Dreams, Starr turns to one of the most vibrant decades in the Golden State's history, the 1920s, when some two million Americans migrated to California, the vast majority settling in or around Los Angeles. In a lively and eminently readable narrative, Starr reveals how Los Angeles arose almost defiantly on a site lacking many of the advantages required for urban development, creating itself out of sheer will, the Great Gatsby of American cities. He describes how William Ellsworth Smyth, the Peter the Hermit of the Irrigation Crusade, the self-educated, Irish engineer William Mulholland (who built the main aquaducts to Los Angeles), and George Chaffey (who diverted the Colorado River, transforming desert into the lush Imperial Valley) brought life-supporting water to the arid South. He examines the discovery of oil, the boosters and land developers, the evangelists (such as Bob Shuler, the Methodist Savanarola of Los Angeles, and Aimee Semple McPherson), and countless other colorful figures of the period. There are also fascinating sections on the city's architecture the impact of the automobile on city planning, the Hollywood film community, the L.A. literati, and much more. By the end of the decade, Los Angeles had tripled in population and become the fifth largest city in the nation. In Material Dreams, Starr captures this explosive growth in a narrative tour de force that combines wide-ranging scholarship with captivating prose.