City of Inmates
Conquest, Rebellion, and the Rise of Human Caging in Los Angeles, 1771–1965
By Kelly Lytle Hernández
312 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 26 halftones, 2 maps, 4 tables, appends., notes, bibl., index
Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-4696-3118-9
Published: April 2017
Justice, Power, and Politics
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Awards & distinctions
2018 John Hope Franklin Publication Prize, American Studies Association
2018 James A. Rawley Prize, Organization of American Historians
2018 Robert G. Athearn Award, Western History Association
2018 American Book Award, Before Columbus Foundation
But City of Inmates is also a chronicle of resilience and rebellion, documenting how targeted peoples and communities have always fought back. They busted out of jail, forced Supreme Court rulings, advanced revolution across bars and borders, and, as in the summer of 1965, set fire to the belly of the city. With these acts those who fought the rise of incarceration in Los Angeles altered the course of history in the city, the borderlands, and beyond. This book recounts how the dynamics of conquest met deep reservoirs of rebellion as Los Angeles became the City of Inmates, the nation’s carceral core. It is a story that is far from over.
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.
For more information about Kelly Lytle Hernández, visit the Author Page.
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