A World of Its Own: Race, Labor, and Citrus in the Making of Greater Los Angeles, 1900-1970 / Edition 1

A World of Its Own: Race, Labor, and Citrus in the Making of Greater Los Angeles, 1900-1970 / Edition 1

by Matt Garcia
     
 

ISBN-10: 0807849839

ISBN-13: 9780807849835

Pub. Date: 01/28/2002

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press

Tracing the history of intercultural struggle and cooperation in the citrus belt of Greater Los Angeles, Matt Garcia explores the social and cultural forces that helped make the city the expansive and diverse metropolis that it is today.

As the citrus-growing regions of the San Gabriel and Pomona Valleys in eastern Los Angeles County expanded during the early

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Tracing the history of intercultural struggle and cooperation in the citrus belt of Greater Los Angeles, Matt Garcia explores the social and cultural forces that helped make the city the expansive and diverse metropolis that it is today.

As the citrus-growing regions of the San Gabriel and Pomona Valleys in eastern Los Angeles County expanded during the early twentieth century, the agricultural industry there developed along segregated lines, primarily between white landowners and Mexican and Asian laborers. Initially, these communities were sharply divided. But Los Angeles, unlike other agricultural regions, saw important opportunities for intercultural exchange develop around the arts and within multiethnic community groups. Whether fostered in such informal settings as dance halls and theaters or in such formal organizations as the Intercultural Council of Claremont or the Southern California Unity Leagues, these interethnic encounters formed the basis for political cooperation to address labor discrimination and solve problems of residential and educational segregation. Though intercultural collaborations were not always successful, Garcia argues that they constitute an important chapter not only in Southern California's social and cultural development but also in the larger history of American race relations.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807849835
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
01/28/2002
Series:
Studies in Rural Culture
Edition description:
1
Pages:
360
Sales rank:
874,343
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.83(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
Introduction1
1The Ideal Country Life: The Development of Citrus Suburbs in Southern California17
2The "Colonia Complex" Revisited: Racial Hierarchies and Border Spaces in the Citrus Belt, 1917-192647
3Friends of the Mexicans?: Mexican Immigration and the Politics of Social Reform87
4Just Put on that Padua Hills Smile: The Mexican Players and the Padua Hills Theatre, 1931-1974121
5Citrus in the War Years: Gender, Citizenship, and Labor, 1940-1964157
6Memories of El Monte: Dance Halls and Youth Culture in Greater Los Angeles, 1950-1974189
7Sol Y Sombra: The Limits of Intercultural Activism in Post-Citrus Greater Los Angeles223
Epilogue257
Appendix263
Notes267
Bibliography305
Index323

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