The Los Angeles Plaza: Sacred and Contested Space / Edition 1

The Los Angeles Plaza: Sacred and Contested Space / Edition 1

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by William David Estrada, Devra Weber
     
 

City plazas worldwide are centers of cultural expression and artistic display. They are settings for everyday urban life where daily interactions, economic exchanges, and informal conversations occur, thereby creating a socially meaningful place at the core of a city.

At the heart of historic Los Angeles, the Plaza represents a quintessential public space where

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City plazas worldwide are centers of cultural expression and artistic display. They are settings for everyday urban life where daily interactions, economic exchanges, and informal conversations occur, thereby creating a socially meaningful place at the core of a city.

At the heart of historic Los Angeles, the Plaza represents a quintessential public space where real and imagined narratives overlap and provide as many questions as answers about the development of the city and what it means to be an Angeleno. The author, a social and cultural historian who specializes in nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Los Angeles, is well suited to explore the complex history and modern-day relevance of the Los Angeles Plaza. From its indigenous and colonial origins to the present day, Estrada explores the subject from an interdisciplinary and multiethnic perspective, delving into the pages of local newspapers, diaries and letters, and the personal memories of former and present Plaza residents, in order to examine the spatial and social dimensions of the Plaza over an extended period of time.

The author contributes to the growing historiography of Los Angeles by providing a groundbreaking analysis of the original core of the city that covers a long span of time, space, and social relations. He examines the impact of change on the lives of ordinary people in a specific place, and how this change reflects the larger story of the city.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780292717558
Publisher:
University of Texas Press
Publication date:
05/28/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
342
Sales rank:
976,384
Product dimensions:
6.04(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.86(d)

Meet the Author

WILLIAM DAVID ESTRADA is Curator of California and American History and Chair of the History Department for the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.

Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Chapter 1. Cultural and Historical Origins
Chapter 2. The Rise and Decline of the Mexican Plaza
Chapter 3. From Ciudad to City
Chapter 4. Homelands Remembered
Chapter 5. Revolution and Public Space
Chapter 6. Reforming Culture and Community
Chapter 7. Parades, Murals, and Bulldozers
Chapter 8. Politics and Preservation
Chapter 9. The Persistence of Memory
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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