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Sitton, Tom 1949-

Overview
Works: 13 works in 40 publications in 1 language and 4,862 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Registers (Lists) 
Roles: Author, Editor
Classifications: F869.L857, B
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Most widely held works by Tom Sitton
Metropolis in the making : Los Angeles in the 1920s by William Deverell( )

11 editions published between 1999 and 2001 in English and held by 1,728 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Los Angeles came of age in the 1920s. The great boom of that decade gave shape to the L.A. of today: its vast suburban sprawl and reliance on the automobile, its prominence as a financial and industrial center, and the rise of Hollywood as the film capital of the world. This collection of original essays explores the making of the Los Angeles metropolis during this remarkable decade. The authors examine the city's racial, political, cultural, and industrial dynamics, making this volume an essential guide to understanding the rise of Los Angeles as one of the most important cities in the world. These essays showcase the work of a new generation of scholars who are turning their attention to the history of the City of Angels to create a richer, more detailed picture of our urban past. The essays provide a fascinating look at life in the new suburbs, in the oil fields, in the movie studios, at church, and at the polling place as they reconceptualize the origins of contemporary urban problems and promise in Los Angeles and beyond. Adding to its interest, the volume is illustrated with period photography, much of which has not been published before
California progressivism revisited by William Deverell( )

5 editions published in 1994 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,692 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Water and Los Angeles : a tale of three rivers, 1900-1941 by William Deverell( )

10 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 729 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"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 metropolitan future of the region. This history of growth must be understood in full consideration of all three of these 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"--Provided by publisher
Los Angeles transformed : Fletcher Bowron's urban reform revival, 1938-1953 by Tom Sitton( Book )

3 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 239 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"When Fletcher Bowron (1887-1968) ran for mayor of Los Angeles in 1938, his twelve years as a superior court judge with a reputation for honesty and fairness carried him to victory against a notoriously corrupt incumbent. During his nearly fifteen years as a neo-progressive mayor, Bowron presided over fundamental reforms in the police department, public utilities, and other agencies charged with basic services, rooting out bribery, kickbacks, and influence peddling. World War II brought economic and population booms, racial conflict, social dislocation, and environmental problems to Los Angeles and complicated Mayor Bowron's job. After the war Bowron initiated massive public housing and desegregation projects. These forward-looking programs alienated enough voters to cost him the 1953 election as his leftist supporters fell away under the influence of McCarthyism. This political history of the mid-twentieth century reform period in Los Angeles is also a case study of the ways outside events can affect municipal affairs. As Tom Sitton demonstrates, the choices made during Bowron's administration have had a direct bearing on how Los Angeles looks today and how its government operates."--Jacket
John Randolph Haynes, California progressive by Tom Sitton( Book )

1 edition published in 1992 in English and held by 236 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

For four decades, John Randolph Haynes (1853-1937) was in the forefront of social-reform crusades and political action in Los Angeles and California, with his most important legacies in the fields of direct legislation and public ownership of utilities. He was the individual most responsible for the adoption of the initiative, referendum, and recall in Los Angeles in 1902 and in California in 1911. His vigilant protection of these measures thereafter and his promotion of direct legislation throughout the nation earned him the title "father of direct legislation" in California. From 1910 until his death, Haynes's chief priority was to shape the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power into a glowing example of public ownership of utilities. Today, LADWP operates the world's largest municipal water and electrical power generation and distribution system, continuing to serve the needs of an ever-growing region whose extent even Haynes could not have envisaged. In many ways, Haynes is an enigma. He was not a typical progressive, having amassed a fortune in his medical practice and in real estate, mining, and other capitalistic ventures. However, he spent a large portion of his wealth to promote a form of gradual, democratic socialism in the United States. Haynes advocated the transformation of the nation's economy and government, yet he campaigned for morality laws that limited personal freedom. Haynes's motivation was not social status or money, both of which he had before his conversion to social reform. Nor was it political power: he never ran for office (except as a temporary freeholder) or created a personal political machine. His primary motive was a perhaps arrogant yet honest desire to aid in the creation of a more just society by improving the living and working conditions of the less fortunate. In one way or another, Haynes participated in all the major social and political events that shaped California and Los Angeles in a most dynamic era of their development. In a broader sense, Haynes's life serves as a yardstick with which to measure other progressives of his time and as a key for understanding the motivation of those idealists who helped shape our present political institutions
Grand ventures : the Banning family and the shaping of Southern California by Tom Sitton( Book )

2 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 130 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Documents the role Phineas Banning and his descendants played in the development of Southern California, including his work in the building of the region's mercantile and transportation infrastructure, and the family's shaping of Southern California tourism and social service, reform, and philanthropy networks
The Haynes Foundation and urban reform philanthropy in Los Angeles : a history of the John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation by Tom Sitton( Book )

1 edition published in 1999 in English and held by 83 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The courthouse crowd : Los Angeles County and its government, 1850-1950 by Tom Sitton( Book )

2 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Water and Los Angeles : a tale of three Rivers, 1900-1941 by William Deverell( )

1 edition published in 2017 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Promoting the well-being of mankind" : the John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation by Tom Sitton( Book )

1 edition published in 1988 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

John Randoph Haynes California progressive by Tom Sitton( Book )

1 edition published in 1992 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Haynes Foundation and urban reform policy in Los Angeles : a history of the John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation by Tom Sitton( Book )

1 edition published in 1999 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Urban politics and reform in New Deal Los Angeles : the recall of Mayor Frank L. Shaw by Tom Sitton( )

1 edition published in 1983 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Metropolis in the making : Los Angeles in the 1920s
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California progressivism revisitedLos Angeles transformed : Fletcher Bowron's urban reform revival, 1938-1953John Randolph Haynes, California progressiveGrand ventures : the Banning family and the shaping of Southern CaliforniaJohn Randoph Haynes California progressive
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English (38)