Whitewashed Adobe The Rise of Los Angeles and the Remaking of Its Mexican Past

ISBN-10: 0520246675
ISBN-13: 9780520246676
Edition: 2005
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List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 8/3/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 349
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.056
Language: English

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 Adobeconsiders 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 In an absorbing narrative supported by a number of previously unpublished period photographs, Deverell shows how a city that was once part of Mexico itself came of age through appropriating--and even obliterating--the region's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 Adobeuncovers an urban identity--and the power structure that fostered it--with far-reaching implications for contemporary Los Angeles.

List of Illustrations and Maps
Acknowledgments
Introduction: City of the Future
The Unending Mexican War
History on Parade
Remembering a River
The Color of Brickwork is Brown
Ethnic Quarantine
The Drama of Los Angeles History
Conclusion: Whitewashed Adobe
Notes

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