A Companion to Los Angeles by William Deverell, Greg Hise

By William Deverell, Greg Hise

This Companion comprises 25 unique essays by way of writers and students who current a professional evaluation of the easiest and most crucial paintings thus far at the advanced historical past of Los Angeles.

  • The first Companion supplying a historic survey of la, incorporating severe, multi-disciplinary subject matters and leading edge scholarship
  • Features essays from quite a number disciplines, together with historical past, political technological know-how, cultural reports, 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 hide the foremost issues within the box inside of a thematic constitution, together with demography, social unrest, politics, pop culture, structure, and concrete studies

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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. Asian and Mexican laborers in particular transformed the pueblo from a rural idyll into an urban and industrial landscape. And yet in J. Torrey Connor’s tourist guidebook to the city and its environs they remain curiously sidelined from the modern metropolis: the inhabitants of Sonoratown, the city’s old Mexican Quarter, are “people of the adobe” who continue their traditions as the “tide of progress sweeps by,” while Chinatown’s inhabitants are “strangely garmented people, shuffling noiselessly to and fro in their odd, thick-soled footgear … like figures in a pantomime – or a hasheesh dream” (1902: 10, 22).

A. Gutiérrez and R. J. Orsi, eds. Contested Eden: California Before the Gold Rush. Berkeley: University of California Press, pp. 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.

But in California, a lack of resources and colonists made it seem expedient to use Franciscan missions to turn the Native population into Spaniards. indd 21 11/19/2009 5:28:29 PM 22 LOUISE PUBOLS In return, these missions held the right to occupy most of the arable land in the colony, as far north as the San Francisco Bay. Without access to firearms, horses, or alternate European allies, and with their subsistence base eroded by an ecological invasion, many Native people had little choice but to join the mission communities (Preston 1998; Hackel 2005; Weber 2005).

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