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Sand Rush: The Revival of the Beach in Twentieth-Century Los Angeles

May 13 @ 5:00 pm PDT

Sponsored by The Book Club of California

Sand Rush: The Revival of the Beach in Twentieth-Century Los Angeles

Monday, May 13, 2024, 5-6:15 PM (Pacific)
Virtual Presentation

5:00 PM Pacific – Program

The Los Angeles shoreline is one of the most iconic natural landscapes in the United States, if not the world. Yet, in the early twentieth century Angelenos routinely lamented the city’s crowded, polluted, and eroded sands, many of which were private and inaccessible to the public.

Between the 1920s and the 1960s, LA’s engineers, city officials, urban planners, and business elite worked together to transform the relatively untouched beaches into modern playgrounds for the white middle class.

As they opened up vast public spaces for many Angelenos to express themselves, show off their bodies, and forge alternative communities, they made clear that certain groups of beachgoers, including African Americans, gay men and women, and bodybuilders, were no longer welcome.

Sand Rush not only uncovers how the Los Angeles coastline was constructed but also how this major planning and engineering project affected the lives of ordinary city-dwellers and attracted many Americans to move to Southern California.

A virtual presentation by Elsa Devienne, author and assistant professor in US History, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, England

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May 13
5:00 pm PDT
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