Water and Los Angeles (Paperback)

A Tale of Three Rivers, 1900-1941

By William F. Deverell, Tom Sitton

University of California Press, 9780520292420, 168pp.

Publication Date: October 28, 2016

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Los Angeles rose to significance in the first half of the twentieth century by way of its complex relationship to three rivers: the Los Angeles, the Owens, and the Colorado. The remarkable urban and suburban trajectory of southern California since then cannot be fully understood without reference to the ways in which each of these three river systems came to be connected to the future of the metropolitan region. This history of growth must be understood in full consideration of all three rivers and the challenges and opportunities they presented to those who would come to make Los Angeles a global power. Full of primary sources and original documents, Water and Los Angeles will be of interest to both students of Los Angeles and general readers interested in the origins of the city.

About the Author

William Deverell is Professor of History at the University of California and Director of the Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West. Tom Sitton is a curator emeritus of history from the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. Together, they are authors of California Progressive Revisited and Metropolis in the Making.

Praise For Water and Los Angeles: A Tale of Three Rivers, 1900-1941

"...the authors have created an important book that should raise an informed awareness among scholars and students alike in studying the complexities of how water has been an integral component in the growth and development of Los Angeles."

— Newsletter of the Water and Power Associates, Inc.