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A Companion to Los Angeles by William Deverell, Greg Hise

By William Deverell, Greg Hise

This Companion comprises 25 unique essays through writers and students who current a professional evaluation of the easiest and most crucial paintings up to now at the complicated historical past of Los Angeles.

  • The first Companion delivering a old survey of l. a., incorporating serious, multi-disciplinary topics and leading edge scholarship
  • Features essays from more than a few disciplines, together with historical past, political technology, cultural reviews, and geography
  • Photo essays and ‘contemporary voice’ sections mix with conventional historiographic essays to supply a multi-dimensional view of this brilliant and various city
  • Essays disguise the foremost themes within the box inside a thematic constitution, together with demography, social unrest, politics, pop culture, structure, and concrete studies

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San Pedro, just south of Los Angeles, was “the best place on the whole coast for hides,” according to one observer, serving the extensive ranching plains of the Los Angeles Basin and the San Fernando Valley (Dana 1840; Francis 1976: 521–38). As they engaged in this trade, Californios’ economic attachment to Mexico decreased while exchange with foreign traders increased. This trend reflected the weakened economy of Mexico as a whole, which suffered after the long and destructive wars of Independence.

260–98. , 2005. Changing National Identities at the Frontier: Texas and New Mexico, 1800–1850. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. , 1992. Mexican Los Angeles: A Narrative and Pictorial History. Mountain View, CA: Floricanto Press. , 1846. Life in California during a Residence of Several Years in that Territory. New York: Wiley & Putnam. Robinson, W. , 1938. The Indians of Los Angeles, As Revealed by the Los Angeles City Archives. Historical Society of Southern California Quarterly, 20, (4), pp.

Today, a bustling, wide-awake metropolis has pushed north, east, south and west – over the hills where the vaquero tended his herds; over the gravel flats where stood the shack of the Digger; straight across the broad acres of the rancho, obliterating the last trace of the land baron’s hacienda. (J. Torrey Connor, Saunterings in Summerland, 1902) The rise of an Anglo-American city had all but submerged the Mexican pueblo by 1902. The completion of the transcontinental railroads during the 1870s and 1880s brought Anglo settlers, new industries, and ethnic workers to Los Angeles in unprecedented numbers.

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