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A World of Its OwnRace, Labor, and Citrus in the Making of Greater$
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Matt Garcia

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780807826584

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807898932_garcia

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Memories of El Monte: Dance Halls and Youth Culture in Greater Los Angeles, 1950–1974

Memories of El Monte: Dance Halls and Youth Culture in Greater Los Angeles, 1950–1974

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(p.189) 6 Memories of El Monte: Dance Halls and Youth Culture in Greater Los Angeles, 1950–1974
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A World of Its Own
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Matt Garcia

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/9780807898932_garcia.12

This chapter focuses on the development of two multicultural dance halls in the citrus belt, Pomona's Rainbow Gardens and El Monte's American Legion Stadium. It describes how demographic and economic changes during the 1950s influenced the creation of multicultural dance halls. It also discusses how music and dance of the 1950s and 1960s created intercultural exchange across ethnic, racial, class, and gender lines.

Keywords:   dance halls, citrus belt, Pomona, Rainbow Gardens, El Monte, American Legion Stadium, music, dance

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