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East of East

The Making of Greater El Monte

Ed. by Guzmán, Romeo / Fragoza, Carribean / Cummings, Alex Sayf / Reft, Ryan

With contrib. by Fragoza, Carribean / Guzmán, Romeo / Cummings, Alex Sayf / Reft, Ryan / Roy, Aurelie / John, Maria / Wilson, Karen / Lynch, Daniel / Cady, Daniel / Barragan, Yesenia / Bray, Mark / Fernandez, Melquiades / Newman, Rachel / Juravich, Nick / Herrera, Juan / Goodman, Adam / Morales, Daniel / Medina, Daniel / Deckrow, Andre Kobayashi / Reid, David / Renteria, Jennifer / Weller, Michael / Webre, Jude / Kokinis, Troy Andreas Araiza / Morales, Apolonio / Macías, Stacy I. / Jaime-Becerra, Michael / Espinoza, Alex / Plummer, Toni Margarita / Plascencia, Salvador / Cheng, Wendy

Series:Latinidad: Transnational Cultures in the


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    Aims and Scope

    East of East: The Making of Greater El Monte, is an edited collection of thirty-one essays that trace the experience of a California community over three centuries, from eighteenth-century Spanish colonization to twenty-first century globalization. Employing traditional historical scholarship, oral history, creative nonfiction and original art, the book provides a radical new history of El Monte and South El Monte, showing how interdisciplinary and community-engaged scholarship can break new ground in public history. East of East tells stories that have been excluded from dominant historical narratives—stories that long survived only in the popular memory of residents, as well as narratives that have been almost completely buried and all but forgotten. Its cast of characters includes white vigilantes, Mexican anarchists, Japanese farmers, labor organizers, civil rights pioneers, and punk rockers, as well as the ordinary and unnamed youth who generated a vibrant local culture at dances and dive bars.


    250 pages
    33 B-W photographs and images
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    Romeo Guzmán is the co-director of the South El Monte Arts Posse and an assistant professor in US and Public History at Fresno State, where he is the founding director of the Valley Public History Initiative: Preserving our Stories.

    Carribean Fragoza is a journalist, fiction writer, and artist from South El Monte. She is the founder and co-director of the South El Monte Arts Posse.

    Alex Sayf Cummings is an associate professor of History at Georgia State University and the author of Democracy of Sound: Music Piracy and the Remaking of American Copyright in the Twentieth Century.

    Ryan Reft is a historian of the Modern United States in the Manuscript Division at the Library of Congress.


    "Richly layered and movingly felt,East of Eastis a collaborative history of a seemingly ordinary place revealed as a crossroads of the local and the global. A remarkable interleaving of scholarship and the intimacy of memory."
    — D.J. Waldie, author of Holy Land: A Suburban Memoir

    "East of East makes several important interventions. First, it is part of an exciting movement to reclaim the histories and geographies of cities from the bottom up. Second, it focuses on a vital but completely overlooked part of LA history - El Monte. Essential reading for all those interested in southern California."
    — Laura Pulido, co-Author of, A People’s Guide to Los Angeles

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