USC’s William Deverell to Speak in San Pedro on Dec. 2

November 30, 2004

Contact: Usha Sutliff, USC News Service, (213) 740-2215
Linda Grimes, GraceNet, (310) 732-0010

WHO: William Deverell, a USC history professor, will read from his book “Whitewashed Adobe: The Rise of Los Angeles and the Remaking of its American Past ” (University of California Press, 2004).

The book documents six developments in the city of Los Angeles including the cementing of the Los Angeles River, the outbreak of bubonic plague in 1924 and the evolution of America’s largest brickyard in the 1920s.

According to the publisher: “Deverell portrays Los Angeles during the 1850s as a city seething with racial enmity due to the recent war with Mexico. He explains how, within a generation, the city’s business interests, looking for a commercially viable way to establish urban identity, borrowed Mexican cultural traditions and put on a carnival called La Fiesta de Los Angeles.