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Beyond the Valley: Demography, Failed Secession, and Urban Politics in San Fernando Valley

Few events reveal the impact of shifting San Fernando Valley demographics like the unsuccessful 2002 secession campaign which, even though it ended in failure, revealed startlingly new political currents in the Valley.

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Ryan Reft is a doctoral candidate in urban history at the University of California San Diego. He is co-editor of the blog Tropics of Meta.
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The Valley Paradox: Gentlemen Farming and Immigrant Labor in the Creation of San Fernando Valley

The Valley Paradox: Gentlemen Farming and Immigrant Labor in the Creation of San Fernando Valley

Without Japanese and Mexican American labor, the Valley's image of "whiteness" would not have been possible.
Riding Waves, Forging Communities: Surfing, Gender, and Feminism in 20th Century California

Riding Waves, Forging Communities: Surfing, Gender, and Feminism in 20th Century California

While popular culture has long obscured women's role in the sport, California and female surfers have intertwined to spread surfing not only past national boundaries, but also gend ...
Fighting for Leisure: African Americans, Beaches, and Civil Rights in Early 20th Century L.A.

Fighting for Leisure: African Americans, Beaches, and Civil Rights in Early 20th Century L.A.

Bruce's Beach and the Inkwell served as sites of leisure, agency, community, and controversy, and demonstrate the complex racial history of the Golden State.
Surfing for Freedom: Black Surfers and Reclaiming Cultural History in Los Angeles

Surfing for Freedom: Black Surfers and Reclaiming Cultural History in Los Angeles

Popular culture has long portrayed surfing as a sort of reservoir of bohemian, along with a large helping of agro-masculinity and whiteness. Yet, if one traces its origins you find ...
California Triangulation: Science, Religion, Industry, and the Birth of the Research Park

California Triangulation: Science, Religion, Industry, and the Birth of the Research Park

While undoubtedly influential and important, Northern California's Silicon Valley's rise rests heavily on its Southern California predecessor -- Caltech. Even today, this history r ...
Sporting Golden State: Women and Athletics in 20th Century California

Sporting Golden State: Women and Athletics in 20th Century California

Before and after 1972 when Title IX radically altered American sport, California and its female athletes have been and continue to be a forerunner regarding issues of gender, race, ...
Working to Play, Playing to Work: Mexican American Baseball and Labor in Southern California

Working to Play, Playing to Work: Mexican American Baseball and Labor in Southern California

Baseball enabled Mexican Americans to create connections that helped buoy working class communities, and even contributed to unionization efforts amid widespread discrimination.
Filing the Lane, Here and Abroad: Filipino American Identity and Basketball

Filing the Lane, Here and Abroad: Filipino American Identity and Basketball

At home in the U.S. and abroad, basketball continues to occupy a central place in Filipino American lives.
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