The Frontier of Leisure: Southern California and the Shaping of Modern America

Paperback | April 15, 2012

byLawrence Culver

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Southern California has long been promoted as the playground of the world, the home of resort-style living, backyard swimming pools, and year-round suntans. Tracing the history of Southern California from the late nineteenth century through the late twentieth century, The Frontier of Leisurereveals how this region did much more than just create lavish resorts like Santa Catalina Island and Palm Springs - it literally remade American attitudes towards leisure. Lawrence Culver shows how this "culture of leisure" gradually took hold with an increasingly broad group of Americans, and ultimately manifested itself in suburban developments throughout the Sunbelt and across the United States. He further shows that as Southern Californians promoted resort-styleliving, they also encouraged people to turn inward, away from public spaces and toward their private homes and communities. Impressively researched, a fascinating and lively read, this finely nuanced history connects Southern Californian recreation and leisure to larger historical themes, includingregional development, architecture and urban planning, race relations, Indian policy, politics, suburbanization, and changing perceptions of nature.

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Southern California has long been promoted as the playground of the world, the home of resort-style living, backyard swimming pools, and year-round suntans. Tracing the history of Southern California from the late nineteenth century through the late twentieth century, The Frontier of Leisurereveals how this region did much more than j...

Lawrence Culver is AssociateProfessor of History at Utah State University.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:April 15, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199891923

ISBN - 13:9780199891924

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Prologue: The View from Fantasyland to Main Street, U.S.A.1. Inventing the Frontier of Leisure: Charles Fletcher Lummis and the Creation of the "Great Southwest"2. The City of Leisure: The Contested History of Public Recreation in Los Angeles3. The Island of Leisure: Tourism and the Transformation of Santa Catalina Island, 1887-19194. Westward the Course of Leisure Takes Its Way: Santa Catalina in the Wrigley Era5. The Oasis of Leisure: Palm Springs before 19416. The Oasis of Leisure: Palm Springs before 19417. From Resorts to the Ranch House: Southern California's Culture of Leisure and the Making of the Suburban SunbeltEpilogue: The View from Mount San JacintoNotesBibliography