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 showcase the work of a new generation of scholars who are turning their attention to the history of the City of Angels to create a richer, more detailed picture of our urban past. The 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 Los Angeles and beyond. Adding to its interest, the volume is illustrated with period photography, much of which has not been published before.
Contributors: Clark Davis, Mike Davis, William Deverell, Michael E. Engh, S.J., Douglas Flamming, Philip Goff, Greg Hise, Doug Monroy, Becky M. Nicolaides, Laurie Pintar, Nancy Quam-Wickham, Steven J. Ross, Matthew W. Roth, Tom Sitton, David Charles Sloane, Jules Tygiel
Tom Sitton is Curator of History at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, and author of John Randolph Haynes: California Progressivism (1992) and The Haynes Foundation and Urban Reform Philanthropy in Los Angeles (1999).
“An excellent introduction to current historiography.”—Carl Abbot Journal Of The West
"Informed by the rich new literature on contemporary Los Angeles, Metropolis in the Making
takes giant strides in illuminating the history of the present. Looking back to the future, this rich collection of historical essays fixes on the key formative moments of America's first decentralized industrial metropolis. Not only would Carey McWilliams be pleased, but so too will be every contemporary urbanist."—Edward W. Soja, author of Postmetropolis: Critical Studies of Cities and Regions
and co-editor of The City: Los Angeles and Urban Theory at the End of the Twentieth Century