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The Lamar Series in Western History

Before L.A.

Race, Space, and Municipal Power in Los Angeles, 1781-1894

  • David Samuel Torres-Rouff
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David Torres-Rouff significantly expands borderlands history by examining the past and original urban infrastructure of one of America’s most prominent cities; its social, spatial, and racial divides and boundaries; and how it came to be the Los Angeles we know today. It is a fascinating study of how an innovative intercultural community developed along racial lines, and how immigrants from the United States engineered a profound shift in civic ideals and the physical environment, creating a social and spatial rupture that endures to this day.

David Samuel Torres-Rouff is an assistant professor of history at the University of California, Merced. He lives in Merced, CA.

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