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Additional resources for Before L.A.: Race, Space, and Municipal Power in Los Angeles, 1781-1894
28 Having escaped the casta system’s bonds, Spanish-Mexican Angelenos rapidly developed local strategies for deﬁning race and identity based on a complex relationship between ancestry, actions, and achievement. As they actively redeﬁned their own racial identities and fashioned a new racial system, the pobladores repurposed the simpler Spanish categories gente de razón and gente sin razón to create a clear (but by no means impermeable) boundary between themselves and their Gabrielino neighbors.
Citizens and the United States as a geopolitical nation entered as immigrants, and towns occupied both isolated frontier districts and dynamic global crossroads. Exploring the ﬂuid and consequential bonds between space and identity affords a perspective from which to reenvision the region while remaining sensitive to the determinative speciﬁcities of individual locations. Organization This book explores Los Angeles in a variety of contexts, focusing especially on families, episodic violence, infrastructure, and public policy.
But could such a society last? Considering the amount of emotional, personal, economic, and political capital so many Angelenos invested in developing local interculture during the 1840s and early 1850s, asking why so many decided later to go their separate ways seems more appropriate. Chapter 3 examines 1855 and 1856, focusing speciﬁcally on developments in the realms of popular violence, municipal policy, and public life that fractured and undermined long-standing social relationships. Extralegal justice, land use strategies, water laws, and the public press had until 1855 served as venues in which Angelenos reinforced their commitments to local racial and spatial arrangements.