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Los Angeles in the 1930sThe WPA Guide to the City of Angels$
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Federal Writers Project of the Works Project Administration

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780520268838

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520268838.001.0001

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Pueblo to Metropolis

Pueblo to Metropolis

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(p.24) Pueblo to Metropolis
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Los Angeles in the 1930s
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Federal Writers Project of the Works Progress Administration
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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520268838.003.0003

The history of the Los Angeles area abounds with the gargantuan, the fantastic. Settled more than sixteen miles inland from a shallow, unprotected bay, it has made itself into one of the great port cities of the world; lying far off the normal axes of transportation and isolated by high mountains, it has become one of the great railroad centers of the country; lacking a water supply adequate for a large city, it has brought in a supply from rivers and mountain streams hundreds of miles away. This chapter describes the arrival of adventurers from Spain and Portugal, the founding of Los Angeles, Mexican rule, the emergence of Los Angeles as a modern American metropolis, the quest for water, the city's participation in war, and the impact of the Depression after the 1929 stock crash.

Keywords:   Los Angeles, history, port cities, transportation, water supply

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