Bohemian Los Angeles: and the Making of Modern Politics by Daniel HurewitzBohemian Los Angeles: and the Making of Modern Politics by Daniel Hurewitz

Bohemian Los Angeles: and the Making of Modern Politics

byDaniel Hurewitz

Paperback | April 30, 2008

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Bohemian Los Angelesbrings to life a vibrant and all-but forgotten milieu of artists, leftists, and gay men and women whose story played out over the first half of the twentieth century and continues to shape the entire American landscape. It is the story of a hidden corner of Los Angeles, where the personal first became the political, where the nation's first enduring gay rights movement emerged, and where the broad spectrum of what we now think of as identity politics was born. Portraying life over a period of more than forty years in the hilly enclave of Edendale, near downtown Los Angeles, Daniel Hurewitz considers the work of painters and printmakers, looks inside the Communist Party's intimate cultural scene, and examines the social world of gay men. In this vividly written narrative, he discovers why and how these communities, inspiring both one another and the city as a whole, transformed American notions of political identity with their ideas about self-expression, political engagement, and race relations.Bohemian Los Angeles,incorporating fascinating oral histories, personal letters, police records, and rare photographs, shifts our focus from gay and bohemian New York to the west coast with significant implications for twentieth-century U.S. history and politics.
Daniel Hurewitzis Assistant Professor of History at Hunter College, City University of New York, and author ofStepping Out: Nine Walks through New York's Gay and Lesbian Past.
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Title:Bohemian Los Angeles: and the Making of Modern PoliticsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:377 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.88 inPublished:April 30, 2008Publisher:UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA PRESSLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0520256239

ISBN - 13:9780520256231

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Introduction: Traversing the Hills of Edendale
Prologue: A World Left Behind

1. "A Most Lascivious Picture of Impatient Desire"
2. Together against the World: Self, Community, and Expression among the Artists of Edendale
3. 1930s Containment: Identity by State Dictate
4. Left of Edendale: The Deep Politics of Communist Community
5. The United Nations in a City: Racial Ideas in Edendale, on the Left, and in Wartime Los Angeles
6. Getting Some Identity: Mattachine and the Politics of Sexual Identity Construction

Conclusion: The Struggle of Identity Politics
Notes
Acknowledgments
Index

Editorial Reviews

"Stakes new claims upon the history of queer Los Angeles, mapping broad potentialities onto a small locale."