City of Inmates: Conquest, Rebellion, and the Rise of Human Caging in Los Angeles, 1771-1965

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University of North Carolina Press
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6.1 X 9.1 X 0.9 inches | 1.0 pounds

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About the Author
Kelly Lytle Hernandez is professor of history and African American studies at UCLA. She is also interim director of the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies at UCLA. One of the nation's leading experts on race, immigration, and mass incarceration, she is author of the award-winning book Migra! A History of the U.S. Border Patrol (University of California Press, 2010) and City of Inmates: Conquest, Rebellion, and the Rise of Human Caging in Los Angeles (University of North Carolina Press, 2017). Currently, Professor Lytle Hernandez is the research lead for the Million Dollar Hoods project, which maps how much is spent on incarceration per neighborhood in Los Angeles County.
[A] groundbreaking history of the city and the people it has put behind bars."--Los Angeles Times
City of Inmates shows Los Angeles as being, from its founding, a place of mass incarceration and popular resistance to policing."--Hector Tobar, New York Times
An incisive and meticulously researched study of the transformation of Los Angeles from a small group of Native American communities in the 18th century into an Aryan city of the sun in the 20th."--Los Angeles Review of Books
Path-breaking. . . . This outstanding book is a testament to the longstanding carceral history of BIPOC in Los Angeles." --Latino Book Review
An extraordinary book--bracing, brave, and profoundly important. . . . This pathbreaking piece of work. . . . is not only beautifully written, brilliantly researched, and an invaluable historiographical contribution. It is also deeply morally urgent."--Journal of African American History
A beautifully narrated, deeply insightful historical assessment of the dynamics of American settler colonialism. . . . Remarkable for the depth and breadth of the research that undergirds each of its narratives." --Journal of American History
Hernandez puts in perspective the arrests, convictions, and incarceration for one city that contributes to the US being the carceral capital of the world. Recommended."--Choice
Convincingly demonstrates that the history of American prisons indexes major social and political battles of the country's history."--Western Historical Quarterly
Offers a radically new perspective . . . . City of Inmates demonstrates incontrovertibly that the systems of immigrant exclusion and mass incarceration emerged together and fed each other."--The Metropole
An astoundingly original evaluation of the central place of incarceration in the history of Los Angeles. . . . City of Inmates is a book that should be read by every person seriously concerned with the question of how we got to where we are, and where we might go from here."--Pacific Historical Review
City of Inmates is a story of removal and dispossession. It is a story of environmental transformation with the use of a subjugated work force (chain gangs). And it is the story of the rise of the human cage-- an object that has been both a tool of removal from the land and a racialized environment itself."--Environmental History
By widening the historical frame, [Hernandez] offers the reader a deeper, more complex, and more historically nuanced view of incarceration. An essential contribution to critical prison studies (CPS)."--H-Net Reviews
Marshaling more than two centuries of historical data, Hernandez finds that native elimination, immigrant exclusion, and black disappearance drove the rise of mass incarceration in Los Angeles from the Spanish colonial era to the outbreak of the 1965 Watts Rebellion."--Law & Social Inquiry
Details how successive authoritarian powers in present-day Los Angeles have targeted and captured people using cages to create what is now one of the world's largest prison societies, and ends with a call for it to be destroyed."--New Inquiry