Metropolis in the Making Los Angeles in the 1920s

ISBN-10: 0520226275
ISBN-13: 9780520226272
Edition: 2001
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List price: $34.95
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 8/1/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

Los Angeles came of age in the 1920s. The great boom of that decade gave shape to the L.A. of today: its vast suburban sprawl and reliance on the automobile, its prominence as a financial and industrial center, and the rise of Hollywood as the film capital of the world. This collection of original essays explores the making of the Los Angeles metropolis during this remarkable decade. The authors examine the city's racial, political, cultural, and industrial dynamics, making this volume an essential guide to understanding the rise of Los Angeles as one of the most important cities in the world. These essays showcase the work of a new generation of scholars who are turning their attention to the history of the City of Angels to create a richer, more detailed picture of our urban past. The essays provide a fascinating look at life in the new suburbs, in the oil fields, in the movie studios, at church, and at the polling place as they reconceptualize the origins of contemporary urban problems and promise in Los Angeles and beyond. Adding to its interest, the volume is illustrated with period photography, much of which has not been published before.

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Preface
Introduction: Metropolis in the Making: Los Angeles in the 1920s
Metropolitan Spaces
Industry and Imaginative Geographies
Mulholland Highway and the Engineering Culture of Los Angeles in the 1920s
The Quest for Independence: Workers in the Suburbs
Sunshine and the Open Shop: Ford and Darwin in 1920s Los Angeles
"Another World": Work, Home, and Autonomy in Blue-Collar Suburbs
Metropolitan Identities
The Star of Ethiopia and the NAACP: Pageantry, Politics, and the Los Angeles African American Community
Making Mexico in Los Angeles
The View from Spring Street: White-Collar Men in the City of Angels
Faith in the Metropolis
"Practically Every Religion Being Represented"
Fighting Like the Devil in the City of Angels: The Rise of Fundamentalist Charles E. Fuller
Metropolitics
How Hollywood Became Hollywood: Money, Politics, and Movies
My America or Yours? Americanization and the Battle for the Youth of Los Angeles
Did the Ruling Class Rule at City Hall in 1920s Los Angeles?
Behind the Scenes: Bronco Billy and the Realities of Work in Open Shop Hollywood
The End: Metropolitan Finale
Selling Eternity in 1920s Los Angeles
Contributors
Index

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