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By Lawrence Culver

Southern California has lengthy been promoted because the playground of the realm, the house of resort-style residing, yard pools, and year-round suntans. Tracing the historical past of Southern California from the overdue 19th century throughout the past due 20th century, The Frontier of Leisure unearths how this quarter did even more than simply create lavish inns like Santa Catalina Island and Palm Springs--it actually remade American attitudes in the direction of relaxation. Lawrence Culver indicates how this "culture of relaxation" progressively took carry with an more and more huge staff of american citizens, and eventually manifested itself in suburban advancements in the course of the Sunbelt and around the usa. He additional indicates that as Southern Californians promoted resort-style dwelling, additionally they inspired humans to show inward, clear of public areas and towards their inner most houses and groups. Impressively researched, a desirable and vigorous learn, this finely nuanced historical past connects Southern Californian activity and relaxation to greater old topics, together with nearby improvement, structure and concrete making plans, race family, Indian coverage, politics, suburbanization, and altering perceptions of nature.

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