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Before L.A.: Race, Space, and Municipal Power in Los Angeles, 1781-1894

David Samuel Torres-Rouff


This book 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 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.

Keywords: borderlands, urban infrastructure, Los Angeles, racial lines, immigrants, physical environment, social lines

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780300141238
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300141238.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Samuel Torres-Rouff, author