Land of Smoke and Mirrors: A Cultural History of Los Angeles

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Prologue

1. William Deverell, Whitewashed Adobe: The Rise of Los Angeles and the Remaking of Its Mexican Past (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2004), 53. D. J. Waldie, “How Do We Make Our Home Here?” Los Angeles Times, Aug. 8, 2010, A31.

2. Deverell, Whitewashed Adobe, 53; Mike Davis, City of Quartz: Excavating the Future in Los Angeles (New York: Vintage, 1992), 26.

3. Deverell, Whitewashed Adobe, 89.

4. Davis, City of Quartz, 26; John L. Mitchell, “Diversity Gave Birth to L.A.,” Los Angeles Times, Aug. 22, 2007, A1, A19.

5. The following information is drawn from personal interviews and e-mail contact with the following individuals: Dr. John Harris and Dr. Christopher Shaw, of the Page Museum in Los Angeles; Cleone Hawkinson, of Friends of America’s Past; Dr. Stephen C. Jett, of the University of California, Davis; Dr. John Johnson, curator of anthropology, Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History; and Dr. Alison Stenger, of the Institute for Archaeological Studies in Portland, Oregon. Books consulted include Jeffrey H. Altschul and Donn R. Grenda, eds., Islanders and Mainlanders: Prehistoric Context for the Southern California Bight (Tucson, AZ: SRI Press, 2002); James C. Chatters, Ancient Encounters: Kennewick Man and the First Americans (New York: Simon and Schuster, 2001); Nancy Yaw Davis, The Zuni Enigma (New York: Norton, 2000); Thomas D. Dillehay, The Settlement of the Americas: A New Prehistory (New York: Basic Books, 2000); Brian Fagan, Before California: An Archaeologist Looks at Our Earliest Inhabitants (Lanham, MD: Rowan and Littlefield, 2003); Terry L. Jones and Kathryn A. Klar, eds., California Prehistory: Colonization, Culture, and Complexity (Lanham, MD: Rowan and Littlefield, 2007); Claudia Jurmain and William McCawley, O, My Ancestor: Recognition and Renewal for the Gabrielino-Tongva People of the Los Angeles Area (Berkeley, CA: Heyday, 2009); William McCawley, The First Angelinos: The Gabrielino Indians of Los Angeles (Banning, CA: Malki Museum Press, 1996); and David J. Metzler, First Peoples in a New World: Colonizing Ice Age America (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2009). Websites include http://anthropology.si.edu/anthro_staff.htm; www.friendsofpast.org; www.pathsacrossthepacific.org; and www.prehistorics.org.

6. Thomas H. Maugh II, “Theory of North Americans Is Upended,” Los Angeles Times, March 26, 2011, A19. The “present” in BP is actually 1950, chosen because the first radiocarbon dates were calculated in December 1949.

7. Stephen C. Jett to the author, e-mail, Sept. 6, 2010.

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  • Title Page iv
  • Contents viii
  • Acknowledgments x
  • Prologue 1
  • Introduction 5
  • Part One - Original Si(G)N 23
  • Chapter 1 - The Ramona Myth 25
  • Chapter 2 - Ramona Revisited 43
  • Part Two - Si(G)N City 65
  • Chapter 3 - "City with Two Heads" 67
  • Chapter 4 - What Price Hollywood? 83
  • Part Three - L.a. Noir 103
  • Chapter 5 - Bright and Guilty Place 105
  • Chapter 6 - Neo-Noir 126
  • Part Four - Multicultural L.a 151
  • Chapter 7 - Latinos 153
  • Chapter 8 - Blacks 170
  • Chapter 9 - Lasians 189
  • Chapter 10 - Langlos and Lagbts 209
  • Conclusion 233
  • Notes 243
  • Index 281
  • About the Author 303
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