Metropolis in the Making: Los Angeles in the 1920s / Edition 1

Metropolis in the Making: Los Angeles in the 1920s / Edition 1

by Tom Sitton
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520226275

ISBN-13: 9780520226272

Pub. Date: 08/01/2001

Publisher: University of California Press

Los Angeles came of age in the 1920s. The great boom of that decade gave shape to the L.A. of today: its vast suburban sprawl and reliance on the automobile, its prominence as a financial and industrial center, and the rise of Hollywood as the film capital of the world. This collection of original essays explores the making of the Los Angeles metropolis during this…  See more details below

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Los Angeles came of age in the 1920s. The great boom of that decade gave shape to the L.A. of today: its vast suburban sprawl and reliance on the automobile, its prominence as a financial and industrial center, and the rise of Hollywood as the film capital of the world. This collection of original essays explores the making of the Los Angeles metropolis during this remarkable decade. The authors examine the city's racial, political, cultural, and industrial dynamics, making this volume an essential guide to understanding the rise of Los Angeles as one of the most important cities in the world.

These essays provide a fascinating look at life in the new suburbs, in the oil fields, in the movie studios, at church, and at the polling place as they reconceptualize the origins of contemporary urban problems and promise in the City of Angels and beyond. Adding to its interest, the volume is illustrated with period photography, much of which has not been published before.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520226272
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
08/01/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
383
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface
Introduction: Metropolis in the Making: Los Angeles in the 1920s1
Pt. 1Metropolitan Spaces11
1Industry and Imaginative Geographies13
2Mulholland Highway and the Engineering Culture of Los Angeles in the 1920s45
3The Quest for Independence: Workers in the Suburbs77
4Sunshine and the Open Shop: Ford and Darwin in 1920s Los Angeles96
5"Another World": Work, Home, and Autonomy in Blue-Collar Suburbs123
Pt. 2Metropolitan Identities143
6The Star of Ethiopia and the NAACP: Pageantry, Politics, and the Los Angeles African American Community145
7Making Mexico in Los Angeles161
8The View from Spring Street: White-Collar Men in the City of Angels179
Pt. 3Faith in the Metropolis199
9"Practically Every Religion Being Represented"201
10Fighting Like the Devil in the City of Angels: The Rise of Fundamentalist Charles E. Fuller220
Pt. 4Metropolitics253
11How Hollywood Became Hollywood: Money, Politics, and Movies255
12My America or Yours? Americanization and the Battle for the Youth of Los Angeles277
13Did the Ruling Class Rule at City Hall in 1920s Los Angeles?302
14Behind the Scenes: Bronco Billy and the Realities of Work in Open Shop Hollywood319
Pt. 5The End: Metropolitan Finale339
15Selling Eternity in 1920s Los Angeles341
Contributors361
Index365

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