Five Fires: Race, Catastrophe, and the Shaping of California / Edition 1

Five Fires: Race, Catastrophe, and the Shaping of California / Edition 1

by David Wyatt
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195127412

ISBN-13: 9780195127416

Pub. Date: 03/28/1999

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

In this wholly original study, David Wyatt uses the metaphor of fire to tell the story of California. Wyatt focuses this catastrophic history of his native state on five events of social combustion and tangible fire that swept through California, altering its physical and political landscape and the way both were represented in art and literature.
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Overview

In this wholly original study, David Wyatt uses the metaphor of fire to tell the story of California. Wyatt focuses this catastrophic history of his native state on five events of social combustion and tangible fire that swept through California, altering its physical and political landscape and the way both were represented in art and literature.
Wyatt begins with the accidental importation and spread of the wild oat in the 1770s, a process that had its human parallel in the Spanish invaders. He then explores the impact of four other significant events: the Gold Rush, the 1906 earthquake and fire, the post-World War II defense-industry boom, and the fire of race that erupted in Watts in 1965. This fifth fire, which flared throughout the Chinese and Mexican immigration experiences and the internment of Japanese Americans in World War II, has been at the core of California's history, Wyatt argues.
From the journals of a Gold Camp mineress to Amy Tan's novels, from Ansel Adams's photography to Roman Polanski's films, Wyatt brings into dialogue a wide range of powerful, moving voices.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195127416
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
03/28/1999
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONSix
ACKNOWLEDGMENTSxiii
PROLOGUE1
CHAPTER ONE THE WILD OAT: The Spanish and American Conquests11
CHAPTER TWO THE GOLD RUSH: Men Without Women50
CHAPTER THREE EXCLUSION, THE CHINESE, AND THE DAUGHTER'S ARRIVAL78
CHAPTER FOUR THE SAN FRANCISCO EARTHQUAKE AND FIRE:
The Culture of Spectacle107
CHAPTER FIVE THE POLITICS OF WATER: The Shift South135
CHAPTER SIX WORLD WAR II:
Los Angeles and the Production of Anger154
CHAPTER SEVEN RELOCATION, THE JAPANESE, AND THE TWICE DIVORCED182
CHAPTER EIGHT FROM WATTS TO SOUTH CENTRAL:
Internalizing the Fire204
EPILOGUE237
NOTES243
BIBLIOGRAPHY263
INDEX281

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