|Due By (Pacific Time)
||12/08/2016 12:00 am
Answer the following two questions in essay form. Your answers should draw on the lectures and readings, demonstrating a critical engagement with the course material:
Briefly describe Luis Rodriguez’s experiences of growing up in Los Angeles in Always Running. How does this memoir connect with what we have learned about the history of Latinos in the city and in California more generally? How does the book shed light on the “urban crisis” that affected California’s cities, beginning in the 1960s? Finally, does this memoir help us to understand anything about the larger historical context of the 1992 Los Angeles Riot/Uprising?
The post-WWII era in California is sometimes referred to as the “New Gold Rush.” Describe some of the factors that led to California’s rising population and its growing economic, cultural, and political strength during this period. Did all Californians benefit from the postwar boom? If not, why not?