California Vieja: Culture and Memory in a Modern American Place / Edition 1

California Vieja: Culture and Memory in a Modern American Place / Edition 1

by Phoebe S. Kropp
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520258045

ISBN-13: 9780520258044

Pub. Date: 08/19/2008

Publisher: University of California Press

The characteristic look of Southern California - with its red-tiled roofs, stucco homes, and Spanish street names - suggests an enduring fascination with the region's Spanish-Mexican past. In this engaging study, Phoebe S. Kropp reveals that the origins of this aesthetic were rooted not solely in the Spanish colonial period but also arose in the early twentieth…  See more details below

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The characteristic look of Southern California - with its red-tiled roofs, stucco homes, and Spanish street names - suggests an enduring fascination with the region's Spanish-Mexican past. In this engaging study, Phoebe S. Kropp reveals that the origins of this aesthetic were rooted not solely in the Spanish colonial period but also arose in the early twentieth century, when Anglo residents recast the days of missions and ranchos as an idyllic golden age of pious padres, placid Indians, dashing caballeros, and sultry senoritas. Four richly detailed case studies uncover the efforts of Anglo boosters and examine the responses of Mexicans and Indian people to the construction of places that gave shape to this cultural memory.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520258044
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
08/19/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
689,179
Product dimensions:
8.76(w) x 5.92(h) x 0.84(d)

Table of Contents

1Los Dias Pasados : tales from nineteenth-century California19
2The road : El Camino real and mission nostalgia47
3The fair : Panama-California exposition and regional ambitions103
4The home : Rancho Santa Fe and suburban style159
5The market : Olvera Street and urban space207
6Conclusion : the trouble with red-tile roofs261

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