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Readings

Participants will read the following book in preparation for the workshop:

Westwick, Peter J. and William Deverell, eds. Blue Sky Metropolis: Aerospace and Southern California. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2012.

 

Participants will also read at least ONE of the following books in preparation for the workshop:

Beers, David. Blue Sky Dream: A Memoir of America’s Fall from Grace. New York: Mariner Books, 1997.

Escobedo, Elizabeth. From Coveralls to Zoot Suits: The Lives of Mexican American Women in Los Angeles on the World War II Home Front. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2013.

Hise, Greg. Magnetic Los Angeles: Planning the Twentieth-Century Metropolis. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1997.

Starr, Kevin. Embattled Dreams: California in War and Peace, 1940-1950. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002.

Waldie, D.J. Holy Land: A Suburban Memoir. New York: W.W. Norton & Co, 1996.

Wiener, Jon. How We Forgot the Cold War: A Historical Journey Across America. Los Angeles: University of California Press, 2012.

 

Participants will read the following articles and discuss them during the workshop:

Avila, Eric. “Chocolate Cities and Vanilla Suburbs: Race, Space, and the New ‘New Mass Culture’ of Postwar America.” In Popular Culture in the Age of White Flight: Fear and Fantasy in Suburban Los Angeles. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2006.

Beers, David. “Lucky Star.” In Blue Sky Dream: A Memoir of America’s Fall from Grace. New York: Mariner Books, 1997.

Bernstein, Shana, “From the Southwest to the Nation: Interracial Civil Rights Activism in Los Angeles.” In Michelle Nickerson and Darren Dochuk, eds., Sunbelt Rising: The Politics of Space, Place, and Region. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2011.

Bodnar, John. “Monuments and Mourning.” In The “Good War” in American Memory. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010.

Escobedo, Elizabeth. “The Pachuca Panic: Sexual and Cultural Battlegrounds in World War II Los Angeles.” The Western Historical Quarterly. Vol. 38, No. 2 (Summer, 2007), pp. 133-156.

Gluck, Sherna Berger. “Introduction.” Rosie the Riveter Revisited : Women, the War, and Social Change. Boston, MA: G.K. Hall, 1987.

Hoberman, J. “‘No One on This Earth Can Help You:’ Above and Beyond the Fantasies of Invasion,” “Sh-Boom Them! (DeMillennium Approaching…),” and “Better Red Than Dead: Body Snatched Prisoners of Comanche Mind Control.” In An Army of Phantoms: American Movies and the Making of the Cold War. New York: The New Press, 2011.

Lotchin, Roger. “Getting on Target: Nuclear Weapons, Jet Technology, and the Metropolis” Fortress California, 1910-1961: From Warfare to Welfare. New York: Oxford University Press, 1992.

Markusen, Ann, et al. “Aerospace Capital of the World: Los Angeles Takes Off.” In The Rise of the Gunbelt: The Military Remapping of Industrial America. New York: Oxford University Press, 1991.

Nash, Gerald D. “The Western Aircraft Industry.” In World War II and the West: Reshaping the Economy. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1990.

Nicolaides, Becky M. “The Suburban Good Life Arrives.” In My Blue Heaven: Life and Politics in the Working-Class Suburbs of Los Angeles, 1920-1965. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2002.

O’Donnell, Victoria. “Science Fiction Films and Cold War Anxiety.” In Peter Lev, Transforming the Screen, 1950-1959. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2006.

Scott, Allen J. “Missile and Space Industry: The Southern Californian Nexus in National Context.” In Technopolis : High-Technology Industry and Regional Development in Southern California. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1993.

Shaw, Tony. “Negotiable Dissent” and “Cowboy in Combats.” In Hollywood’s Cold War. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2007.

Sides, Josh. “The Window of Opportunity: Black Work in Los Angeles, 1941-1964” L.A. City Limits: African American Los Angeles from the Great Depression to the Present. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2006.

Starr, Kevin. “Garrison State.” In Embattled Dreams: California in War and Peace, 1940-1950. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002.

Wiener, Jon. “Memorial Day in Lakewood and La Jolla: Korean War Monuments of California.” In How We Forgot the Cold War: A Historical Journey Across America. Los Angeles: University of California Press, 2012.