The Power of Place: Urban Landscapes as Public History / Edition 2

The Power of Place: Urban Landscapes as Public History / Edition 2

by Dolores Hayden
     
 

ISBN-10: 0262581523

ISBN-13: 9780262581523

Pub. Date: 02/07/1997

Publisher: MIT Press

Based on her extensive experience in the urban communities of Los
Angeles, historian and architect Dolores Hayden proposes new perspectives on gender,
race, and ethnicity to broaden the practice of public history and public art,
enlarge urban preservation, and reorient the writing of urban history to spatial struggles.

In the first part of The

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Overview

Based on her extensive experience in the urban communities of Los
Angeles, historian and architect Dolores Hayden proposes new perspectives on gender,
race, and ethnicity to broaden the practice of public history and public art,
enlarge urban preservation, and reorient the writing of urban history to spatial struggles.

In the first part of The Power of
Place
, Hayden outlines the elements of a social history of urban space to connect people's lives and livelihoods to the urban landscape as it changes over time. She then explores how communities and professionals can tap the power of historic urban landscapes to nurture public memory.

The second part documents a decade of research and practice by The Power of Place, a nonprofit organization Hayden founded in downtown Los Angeles. Through public meetings,
walking tours, artists's books, and permanent public sculpture, as well as architectural preservation, teams of historians, designers, planners, and artists worked together to understand, preserve, and commemorate urban landscape history as
African American, Latina, and Asian American families have experienced it.

One project celebrates the urban homestead of Biddy Mason, an
African American ex-slave and midwife active betwen 1856 and 1891. Another reinterprets the Embassy Theater where Rose Pesotta, Luisa Moreno, and Josefina
Fierro de Bright organized Latina dressmakers and cannery workers in the 1930s and
1940s. A third chapter tells the story of a historic district where Japanese
American family businesses flourished from the 1890s to the 1940s. Each project deals with bitter memories -- slavery, repatriation, internment -- but shows how citizens survived and persevered to build an urban life for themselves, their families, and their communities.

Drawing on many similar efforts around the United States, from New York to Charleston, Seattle to Cincinnati, Hayden finds a broad new movement across urban preservation, public history, and public art to accept American diversity at the heart of the vernacular urban landscape. She provides dozens of models for creative urban history projects in cities and towns across the country.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262581523
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
02/07/1997
Edition description:
Second Edition
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
902,506
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.56(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Preface
IClaiming Urban Landscapes as Public History
1Contested Terrain2
2Urban Landscape History: The Sense of Place and the Politics of Space14
3Place Memory and Urban Preservation44
IILos Angeles: Public Pasts in the Downtown Landscape
4Invisible Angelenos82
5Workers' Landscapes and Livelihoods98
6The View from Grandma Mason's Place138
7Rediscovering an African American Homestead168
8Reinterpreting Latina History at the Embassy Auditorium188
9Remembering Little Tokyo on First Street210
10Storytelling with the Shapes of Time226
Epilogue: Los Angeles after April 29, 1992240
Notes248
Index288

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