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San Diego in the 1930s: The WPA Guide to America's Finest City


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San Diego in the 1930s offers a lively account of the cityand#8217;s culture, roadside attractions, and historyand#151;from the days of the Spanish missions to the pre-Second World War boom. The guide is revealing both in the opinions it embodies and in the juicy details it recordsand#151;tidbits such as the bloodiest and most incompetently fought battle of the Mexican-American War, Emma Goldmanand#8217;s abruptly terminated speech to local Wobblies in 1912, and even a delightfully anachronistic way to beat a San Diego speeding ticket. Brimming with tours that can prove challenging to retrace, this book reminds us of the changes wrought by seven decades of intervening war, peace, and biotechnology. Unlatching a remarkable trapdoor into the past, this compact and charming document of the Depression era invites repeated browsing and is generously illustrated with striking black-and-white photographs that bring the period to life.

About the Author

The Federal Writers Project (FWP) of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) not only provided jobs and income to writers during the Depression, it created for America an astounding series of detailed and richly evocative guides, recounting the stories and histories of the 48 states (plus THE Alaska Territory and Puerto Rico) and many of the countryand#8217;s major cities.

David Kipen has written the introductions to reissues of the WPA guides to Los Angeles, San Francisco California. He is Southern California Public Radio's book correspondent, and the founder of a lending library/used book store east of Downtown Los Angeles called Libros Schmibros. Past book editor/critic of the San Francisco Chronicle and director of literature at the National Endowment for the Artsand#151;where he led the Big Read initiativeand#151;Kipen is the author of The Schreiber Theory: A Radical Rewrite of American Film History, and the translator of Cervantesand#8217; The Dialogue of the Dogs.

Table of Contents

Preface, 1937

Foreword, 1937

Introduction to the 2013 Edition

General Information

The Contemporary Scene

The City by Sections

Natural Setting


1. The Indians

2. The Spanish

3. The Mexicans

4. The Americans


Social And Cultural


List Of Tours

Tours In The City

Tours In Environs



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Kipen, David
University of California Press
Federal Writers Project o
Federal Writers Project of the Works Pro
World History-General
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