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Angel's Flight, 1905

The Los Angeles "Booster Myth," an outgrowth of Manifest Destiny, was largely perpetuated by real estate investors, commercial industry, and civic leaders in an effort to bring more settlers to Los Angeles and prolong the real estate boom of the...

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Hands on a Bat. Children's choosing game.

The Bess Lomax Hawes Student Folklore Collection consists of findings and data collected by students enrolled in her anthropology classes between 1958 and 1977. The collection covers an immense range of subjects, including American folk song lyrics, Romanian proverbs, and detailed descriptions of...

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Los Angeles is known for its music scene, with legendary clubs like the Troubadour and the Roxy hosting and even launching some of the biggest acts in the history of popular music. While many people think of Hollywood as the hub for rock music in LA, in the 1980s some of the best acts actually came....

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Songs of Work and Freedom

Few things are more universal to the human experience than the enjoyment of music. For those with a cause on their mind, protest music can be an effective way of furthering their goals. Protest music is nothing new. Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” is said to be a protest song in support of universal brotherhood....

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