Sacramento Renaissance: Art, Music and Activism in California's Capital City

Sacramento Renaissance: Art, Music and Activism in California's Capital City

by William Burg


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Touted as progress, postwar redevelopment spawned a new age in Sacramento, California. As city planners designated areas of urban blight and directed bulldozers to make way for commercial districts and pedestrian malls, the churches, jazz clubs and family homes of the West End and Japantown were upended and residents scattered. Displaced families and businesses reestablished themselves and redefined their communities around new cultural centers. Historian William Burg weaves oral histories with previously unpublished photographs to chronicle the resurgence of Sacramento's art, music and activism in the wake of redevelopment. Celebrate the individuals and organizations that defined an era: the beatniks and Black Panthers of Oak Park, Southside Park's League of Nations," George Raya of Lavender Heights and the Royal Chicano Air Force in Alkali Flat."

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ISBN-13: 9781609499396
Publisher: History Press, The
Publication date: 08/27/2013
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 1,163,611
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

William Burg moved to Midtown Sacramento in 1993. In 2003 he became interested in local history and neighborhood activism, returning to college and graduating from Sacramento State University's Public History program in 2010. He joined Sacramento Old City in 2007 and became president in 2012. This is his sixth book about Sacramento.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 5

Introduction: The Biggest Lie in the West 7

1 The Heart of the West End 23

2 Oak Park Exodus 41

3 Alkali Flat and the Chicano Movement 67

4 Multicultural Space in Southside Park 87

5 The Fate of Downtown 101

6 New People in Old Buildings 135

7 Lavender Heights 159

Notes 179

Index 187

About the Author 191

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