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The World in a City: Multiethnic Radicalism in Early Twentieth-Century Los Angeles
by David M Struthers
University of Illinois Press, 2019
Cloth: 978-0-252-04247-8 | eISBN: 978-0-252-05131-9 | Paper: 978-0-252-08425-6
Library of Congress Classification HD8085.L73S77 2019
Dewey Decimal Classification 331.88097949409

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
A massive population shift transformed Los Angeles in the first decades of the twentieth century. Americans from across the country relocated to the city even as an unprecedented transnational migration brought people from Asia, Europe, and Mexico. Together, these newcomers forged a multiethnic alliance of anarchists, labor unions, and leftists dedicated to challenging capitalism, racism, and often the state. David M. Struthers draws on the anarchist concept of affinity to explore the radicalism of Los Angeles's interracial working class from 1900 to 1930. Uneven economic development created precarious employment and living conditions for laborers. The resulting worker mobility led to coalitions that, inevitably, remained short lived. As Struthers shows, affinity helps us understand how individual cooperative actions shaped and reshaped these alliances. It also reveals social practices of resistance that are often too unstructured or episodic for historians to capture. What emerges is an untold history of Los Angeles and a revolutionary movement that, through myriad successes and failures, produced powerful examples of racial cooperation.
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