Los Angeles, CA
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The Rise & Fall of the Los Angeles Water Baron. Joe Wilkinson, McGraw Hill Construction (10/00).
On the Web: Specialized Sites
Coalition for Humane Immigrants' Rights (CHIRLA) (Los Angeles).
LA Weekly. Alternative paper.
Los Angeles Times. Daily.
Brienes, Marvin. "Smog comes to LA," Southern CA Quarterly 58 (1978).
Castillo, Pedro. "The making of the Mexican working class in the US: Los Angeles, CA, 1880-1920," in E. Frost & others (eds.) El trabajo y los trabajadores (México, 1979), pp. 506-17.
Chávez, Miroslava. "'Pongo mi demanda': challenging patriarchy in LA," in V.J. Matsumoto & B. Allmendinger (eds.) Over the Edge: Remapping the American West (Berkeley, 1999).
Cooper, Marc. "One year later," Sacramento News & Review (4/15/93):15-20.
__________. "The two worlds of Los Angeles," Nation (8/21-28/00):15-22.
Didion, Joan. "Trouble in Lakewood," New Yorker (7/26/93):46-65.
Erie, Steven P. "LA: past imperfect," Urban Affairs Quarterly 29 (9/93).
George, Lynell. "Gray boys, funky Aztecs & honorary homegirls," LA Times Magazine (1/17/95). LA youth culture.
Hayden, Tom. “Gato & Alex – no safe place,” Nation (7/10/00):24-27. Los Angeles police scandal.
Judd, Dennis R. "Segregation forever?" Nation (12/9/91).
Kropp, Phoebe S. "Citizens of the past? Olivera St. & the construction of race & memory in 1930s Los Angeles," Radical History Review 81 (fall 2001):35-60.
Males, Mike & Faye Docuyanan. "The return of reefer madness," Progressive (5/96):26-29. Sharp critique of thinking behind war on drugs in Los Angeles.
Monkkonen, Eric H. "Towards an understanding of urbanization: drunk arrests in LA," Pacific Historical Review 50 (1981):234-44.
Olson, Matt. "Guilt by association," In These Times (7/7/03):20-22.
Winther, Oscar Osborn. "The use of climate as a means of promoting migration to Southern CA," Mississippi Valley Historical Quarterly 33 (12/46):411-24.
__________. "The rise of metropolitan LA, 1870-1900," Huntington Library Quarterly 10 (8/47):391-405.
In the Library: Non-Fiction Books
Abu-Lughod, Janet L. NY, Chicago, LA: America's Global Cities (Minneapolis, 1999).
Acuña, Rodolfo. A Community Under Siege: A Chronicle of Chicanos East of the LA River, 1945-1975 (LA, 1984).
__________. Anything But Mexican: Chicanos in Contemporary LA (NY: Verso, 1996).
Adamic, Louis. Laughing in the Jungle: The Autobiography of an Immigrant in America (NY: Harpers, 1932). LA in 20s.
Allen, James P. & Eugene Turner. The Ethnic Quilt: Population Diversity in Southern CA (Northridge CA, 1997).
Balderrama, Francisco E. & Raymond Rodríguez. Decade of Betrayal: Mexican Repatriation in the 1930s (Albuquerque: U. of New Mexico, 1995).
Bonacich, Edna & Richard Applebaum. Behind the Label: Inequality in the LA Apparel Induistry (LA, 2000).
Brown, James. The Los Angeles Diaries: A Memoir (NY: Harper, 2004).
Cannon, Lou. Official Negligence: How Rodney King & the Riots Changed LA & the LAPD (NY, 1997).
Case, Frederick E. Black Capitalism, Problems in Development: A Case Study of Los Angeles (NY: Praeger, 1972).
Chang, Edward T. & Russell C. Leong (eds.) LA: Struggles toward Multiethnic Community. Asian American, African American & Latino Perspectives (Seattle, 1994).
Cole, Carolyn Kozo & Kathy Kobayashi. Shades of LA: Pictures from Ethnic Family Albums (NY, 1996).
Comella, Rosemary; Andreas Kratky & Norman Klein. Bleeding Through: Layers of LA, 1920-1986 (?: Cantz, 2003). Book with CD Rom.
Collins, Keith E. Black LA: The Maturing of the Ghetto, 1940-1950 (Saratoga CA: Century 21, 1980).
Cooper, Stephen. Full of Life: A Biography of John Fante (NY: North Point, 2000).
Davis, Clark. Company Men: White Collar Life & Corporate Cultures in LA, 1892-1941 (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins, 2000).
Davis, Mike. City of Quartz: Excavating the Future in LA (NY: Verso, 1990).
__________. Beyond Blade Runner: Urban Control, the Ecology of Fear (Westfield NJ: Open Media, 1992).
__________. LA Was Just the Beginning: Urban Revolt in the US. A Thousand Points of Light (Westfield NJ: Open Media, 1992).
__________. Ecology of Fear: LA & the Imagination of Disaster (NY: Metropolitan, 1998).
__________. Magical Urbanism: Latinos Reinvent the US City (NY: Verso, 2000).
__________. Dead Cities, & Other Tales (NY: New Press, 2002).
Dear, Michael J.; H. Eric Schockman & Greg Hise (eds.) Rethinking LA (Thousand Oaks CA, 1996).
__________ (ed.) Atlas of Southern CA (Los Angeles, 1996).
Engh, Michael E. SJ. Frontier Faiths: Church, Temple, & Synagogue in LA, 1846-1888 (Albuquerque: U. of New Mexico, 1992).
Escobar, Edward J. Race, Police, & the Making of a Political Identity: Mexican Americans & the LA Police Department, 1900-1945 (Berkeley: U. of CA, 1999).
Flamming, Douglas. Bound for Freedom: Black LA in Jim Crow America (Berkeley: U. of California, 2005).
Fogelson, Robert M. The Fragmented Metropolis: LA, 1950-1930  (Berkeley: U. of California, 1993).
Fulton, William. The Reluctant Metropolis: the Politics of Urban Growth in LA (Point Arena CA, 1997).
García, Matt. A World of Its Own:Race, Labor & Citrus in the Making of Greater LA, 1900-1970 (Chapel Hill: U. of North Carolina, 2001).
George, Lynell. No Crystal Stair: African-Americans in the City of Angels (London, 1992). Deft portraits of individual life experience.
Ghorra-Gobin, Cynthia. LA: le mythe américain inachevé (Paris, 1997).
Gottlieb, Robert & Irene Wolt. Thinking Big: The Story of the LA Times, its Publishers, & their Influence on Southern California (NY: Putnam, 1977).
Gumprecht, Blake. The LA River: Its Life, Death & Possible Rebirth (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins, 1999).
Gutiérrez, David G. Walls & Mirrors: Mexican Americans, Mexican Immigrants & the Politics of Ethnicity (Berkeley: U. of California, 1995).
Hart, Dianne Walta. Undocumented in LA: An Immigrant's Story (Wilmington DE: Scholarly Resources, 1995).
Hayashi, Brian Masaru. For the Sake of Our Japanese Brethren: Assimilation, Nationalism, & Protestantism among the Japanese of LA, 1894-1942 (Stanford CA: Stanford, 1995).
Hayden, Dolores. The Power of Place: Urban Landscape as Public History (Cambridge MA, 1995).
Heins, Marjorie. Strictly Ghetto Property: The Story of Los Siete de la Raza (Berkeley: Ramparts, 1972).
Herbert, Steven Kelly. Policing Space: Territoriality & the LA Police Department (Minneapolis, 1997).
Hise, Greg. Magnetic LA: Planning the 20th-C. Metropolis (Baltimore, 1997).
Horne, Geerald S. Fire This Time: The Watts Uprising & the 1960s (Charlottesville: U. of Virginia, 1995).
Kimbrough, Jess. Defender of the Angels: A Black Policeman in Old LA (NY: Macmillan, 1969).
Klein, Norman. The History of Forgetting: LA & the Erasure of Memory (London: Verso, 1997).
Longstreth, Richard. City Center to Regional Mall: Architecture, the Automobile, & Retailing in LA, 1920-1950 (Cambridge MA, 1997).
__________. The Drive-In, the Supermarket, & the Transformation of Commercial Space in LA, 1914-1941 (Cambridge MA, 1999).
Lopez, Ian Haney. Racism on Trial: The Chicano Fight for Justice (Cambridge MA: Belknap/Harvard, 2003). Legal history of Mexican American fight for civil rights in LA.
LA County Children's Planning Council. Ethnic Community Profiles: Planning for a New LA (LA, 1996).
Lotchin, Roger W. Fortress CA, 1910-1961: From Warfare to Welfare (NY, 1992).
Marchand, Bernard. The Emergence of LA: Population & Housing in the City of Dreams, 1940-1970 (London, 1986).
Martínez, Rubén. The Other Side: Notes from the New LA, Mexico City & Beyond (London: Vereso, 1992).
McWilliams, Carey. Southern CA: An Island on the Land  (reprint Salt Lake City: GM Smith, 1973).
Monroy, Douglas. Rebirth: Mexican LA from the Great Migration to the Great Depression (Berkeley: U. of CA, 1999).
Nicolaides, Becky M. My Blue Heaven: Life & Politics in the Working-Class Suburbs of LA, 1920-1965 (Chicago: U. of Chicago, 2002).
Orr, John B. & Others. Politics of the Spirit: Religion & Multiethnicity in LA (LA, 1994).
Ovnick, Merry. LA: The End of the Rainbow (LA, 1994).
Pardo, Mary. Mexican American Women Activisits: Identity & Resistance in Two LA Communities (Philadelphia: Temple, 1998).
Pitt, Leonard & Dale Pitt. LA from A to Z: An Encyclopedia of the City & County (Berkeley, 1997).
Reid, David (ed.) Sex, Death & God in LA (Berkeley: U. of CA, 1992).
Rieff, David. LA: Capital of the Third World (2nd ed.; NY, 1995).
Ríos-Bustamante, Antonio & Pedro Castillo. An Illustrated History of Mexican LA, 1781-1985 (LA: UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center, 1986).
Robinson, W.W. LA: A Profile (Norman: U. of Oklahoma, 1968).
Rodriguez, Luis J. The Republic of East LA (NY: Rayo, 2002).
Rogers, Warren S. Mesa to Metropolis: The Crenshaw Area, LA (LA: L.L. Morrison, 1959).
Rolle, Andrew. LA: From Pueblo to City of the Future (2nd ed.; San Francisco, 1995).
Saito, Leland T. Race & Politics: Asian Americans, Latinos & Whites in a LA Suburb (Urbana: U. of Illinois, 1998).
Sánchez, George J. Becoming Mexican American: Ethnicity, Culture & Identity in Chicano LA, 1900-1945 (NY: Oxford, 1993).
Scott, Allen J. & Edward W. Soja (eds.) The City: LA & Urban Theory at the End of the 20th C. (Berkeley: U. of CA, 1996). Important collection of essays exploring unique, quintessentially "American" character of city.
Shakur, Sanyika. Monster: The Autobiography of an L.A. Gang Member (NY: Penguin, 1994).
Siegel, Fred. The Future Once Happened Here: NY, DC, LA & the Fate of America's Big Cities (NY, 1997).
Sonenshein, Raphael J. Politics in Black & White: Race & Power in LA (Princeton NJ: Princeton, 1993).
Starr, Kevin. Material Dreams: Southern CA through the 1920s (NY, 1990).
Tolbert, Emory J. The UNIA & Black LA: Ideology & Community in the American Garvey Movement (LA: UCLA Afro-American Studies Center, 1980).
Tygiel, Jules. The Great LA Swindle: Oil, Stocks & Scandal during the Roaring Twenties (Berkeley: U. of CA, 1996).
Valle, Victor M. & Rodolfo D. Torres. Latino Metropolis (Minneapolis: U. of Minnesota, 2000).
Verge, Arthur C. Paradise Transformed: LA during the Second World War (Dubuque IA: Kendall/Hunt, 1993).
Vigil, James Diego. Barrio Gangs: Street Life & Identity in Southern California (Austin: U. of Texas, 1988).
__________. A Rainbow of Gangs: Street Cultures in the Mega-City (Austin: U. of Texas, 2002).
Villa, Raúl Homero & George J. Sánchez (eds.) LA & the Future of American Culture (special issue of American Quarterly 9/04).
Waldinger, Roger & Mehdi Bozorgmehr (eds.) Ethnic LA (NY, 1996).
Wyatt, David. Five Fires: Race, Catastrophe, & the Shaping of California (NY: Oxford, 1998).
In the Library: Fiction
Boyle, T. Coraghessan. The Tortilla Curtain (NY, 1995).
Cooper, Stephen (ed.) The John Fante Reader (NY: W. Morrow, 2002).
Dick, Philip K. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (NY: Doubleday, 1968).
Fante, John. Ask the Dust  (Santa Barbara CA: Black Sparrow, 1980).
__________. The Road to Los Angeles (NY: Ecco, 2002).
__________. Dreams from Bunker Hill (Santa Rosa CA: Black Sparrow, 1988).
__________. The Big Hunger: Stories 1932-1959 (ed. Stephen Cooper; Santa Barbara: Black Sparrow, 2000).
Fox, Paula. The Western Coast  (NY: W.W. Norton, 2001). LA on the eve of World War II.
Hamilton, Denise. The Jasmine Trade: A Novel of Suspense, introducing Eve Diamond (NY: Scribner, 2001). Mystery featuring resourceful LA Times reporter.
__________. Sugar Skull: An Eve Diamond Novel (NY: Scribner, 2003).
__________. Last Lullaby: An Eve Diamond Novel (NY: Scribner, 2004).
__________. Savage Garden: An Eve Diamond Novel (NY: Scribner, 2005).
Lemus, Felicia Luna. The Trace Elements of Random Tea Parties (NY: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2003).
Martin, John (ed.) Run with the Hunted: A Charles Bukowski Reader (NY: HarperCollins, 1993).
Mosley, Walter. A Red Death (NY: Pocket, 1992).
__________. White Butterfly (NY: Pocket, 1993).
__________. Black Betty: An Easy Rawlins Mystery (NY: Pocket, 1995).
__________. Devil in a Blue Dress (NY: Pocket, 1995). South Central in late 40s.
__________. A Little Yellow Dog (NY: Norton, 1996).
__________. Gone Fishin': An Easy Rawlins Novel (Baltimore: Black Classic, 1997).
__________. Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned (NY: W.W. Norton, 1998). Watts.
__________. Walkin' the Dog (Boston: Little, Brown, 1999).
__________. Fearless Jones: A Novel (Boston: Little, Brown, 2001).
__________. Bad Boy Brawly Brown (Boston: Little, Brown, 2002).
__________. Fear Itself: A Novel (Boston: Little, Brown, 2003).
__________. Six Easy Pieces: Easy Rawlins Stories (NY: Atria, 2003).
__________. The Man in My Basement: A Novel (Boston: Little, Brown, 2004).
__________. Little Scarlet (NY: Little, Brown, 2004). Watts during riots of 1965.
Revoyr, Nina. The Necessary Hunger: A Novel (NY: St. Martin's, 1998).
__________. Southland (NY: Akashic, 2003).
Tobar, Hector. The Tattooed Soldier (Harrison NY: Delphinium, 1998). Guatemalan immigrants & homeless life in LA.
Treviño, Jesús Salvador. The Fabulous Sinkhole & Other Stories (Houston, 1995).
Ulin, David L (ed). Another City: Writing from Los Angeles (San Francisco: City Lights, 2001).
Valdes-Rodríguez, Alisa. Playing with Boys (NY: St. Martin's, 2004).
West, Nathaniel. The Day of the Locust  (
In the Library: For Young Readers
In the Library: Poetry
In the Library: Drama
In the Library: Photography
Tom Russell, Hotwalker (2005).
"Adios East Los" , dir. William Douglas Lansford, ?m. Three Chicano youths cross 4th St. Bridge to discover the land of the Gringos.
"Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned" , dir. Michael Apted, 108m. In video stores.
"Ask the Dust" , dir. Robert Towne, ?m.
"Blade Runner" , dir. Ridley Scott, 117m. In video stores. LA in 2019, as envisioned in Philip Dick's, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
"Bless Their Little Hearts" , dir. Billy Woodberry, 80m. In video stores. Tribulations of working-class Black family in Watts.
"Boyz 'n the Hood" , dir. John Singleton, 107m. In video stores. Education vs. drugs & violence as roads ahead for young men in South Central.
"Bread & Roses" , dir. Ken Loach, 110m. In video stores. Struggle for a Latino janitors' union in 1990s.
"The Bus Riders Union" , dir. Haskell Wexler, 89m. Multiracial grassroots organization led mostly by women takes on LA Transit District in 4-year struggle & wins!
"Chávez Ravine: A Los Angeles Story" , dir. Jordan Mechner, 30m. How Mexican neighborhood in downtown LA was razed in 50s & to make way for Dodger Statdium.
"Chinatown" , dir. Roman Polanski, 131m. In video stores. Detective story set in drought-ridden LA during 1930s.
"Crossroads: Boyle Heights" , by John Esaki, 28m. From Japanese American National Museum. Documentary on changing neighborhood of 40s & 50s.
"Colors" , dir. Dennis Hopper, 120m. In video stores. LAPD confronts gang violence in East LA.
"Crash" , dir. Paul Haggis, 113m. In video stores.
"Dark Blue" , dir. Ron Shelton, 118m. In video stores. LAPD & Rodney King riots of 1992.
"The Day of the Locust" , dir. John Schlesinger, 144m. In video stores. Decadent Hollywood in 1930s.
"Devil in a Blue Dress" , dir. Carl Franklin, 101m. In video stores. Walter Mosley's LA in 1948.
"El Norte" , dir. Gregory Nava, 133m. In video stores. Guatemalan refugees struggling to arrive & survive in LA.
"The Exiles" , dir. Kent Mackenzie,72m. Documentary on Native American community in Bunker Hill.
"God's Army" , dir. Richard Dutcher, 108m. Mormon missionaries in LA.
"Grand Canyon" , dir. Lawrence Kasdan, 134m. In video stores. LA lives intertwine in rare interracial drama in which hero, both wise & good (Danny Glover), is a working-class Black man.
"L.A. Confidential" , dir.Curtis Hanson, 138m. In video stores. Police corruption & Hollywood sleaze in 1950s.
"Lost Angeles" , dir. Miguel Caballero, 19m. Day-to-day survival of working immigrants.
"My Family" , dir. Gregory Nava, 128m. In video stores. Wide-ranging story of three generations in an LA family's life.
"Pulp Fiction" , dir. Quentin Tarantino, 154m. In video stores. Small-time crooks & boxing match fixers on loose in big city.
"Real Women Have Curves" , dir. Patricia Cardoso, 90m. In video stores. Real LA textile workers take chances, have flaws, embrace life.
"Red Hollywood" , dir. Thom Anderson & Noël Burch, 118m. Documentary on Hollywood Ten.
"Stand & Deliver" , dir.Ramón Menéndez, 107m. In video stores. How much difference can a devoted teacher make in the lives of ghetto high school students?
"To Live & Die in L.A." , dir. William Friedkin, 116m. In video stores. Cops hunt master criminal on streets of LA.
"What's Cooking?" , dir. Gurinder Chadha, 109m. In video stores. Thanksgiving in four ethnically distinct households of the Fairfax District.
"Zabriskie Point" , dir. Michelangelo Antonioni, 110m. Two rebellious young Angeleños of late sixties confront process of development.
"Zoot Suit" , dir. Luis Valdez, ?m. In video stores.