The History of Los Angeles
|Paper Topic:||The History of Los Angeles|
|Preferred language style:||English (US)|
|Number of pages/words:||1 page/493 words|
|Order Description (brief):||Go over the major points of historical interest for LA, with an analytic study of gang culture|
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The History of Los Angeles
Today the city of Los Angeles is envied by the world, thanks to Hollywood and the lures of fame and fortune. Thousands upon thousands of hopeful stars and socialites flock to the capital of the West Coast each year to better themselves and to get noticed. For such a significant modern day City, it is fitting that Los Angeles was at the center of the significant Mexican-American war, and the battles in this area where some of the most important as power transferred from the Spanish to the Americans by the 19th century. Much of the significance is unfortunately the result of violence and conflict, which began with frictions between powerful Mexican cartel members during the gold rush era, and with cultural violence such as lynch mobs against Mexicans and other forms of social tension in the 1800's, right up to the present day with widespread Latin-American and Black gang culture. This term paper will explore what spawned gang culture in Los Angeles, and why the problem remains so intense up to this day.
Gang Culture in Los Angeles
Just like the cultural friction that was common before, class and cultural struggle by the turn of the century and past the Great Depression has had a resounding impact on modern day gang culture. By the late 70’s and early 80's, drug trafficking, especially crack cocaine, was proving to be a lucrative enterprise if you were willing to face the possible consequences, and as a result, numerous gangs began to birth and divide in many LA districts. While this problem has been common in many areas of social divide and tension, such as the cycles of gang violence in New York, this issue in Los Angeles has always been far worse and far more prevalent, leading Los Angeles to become "the gang capital of the US".
But there are many who argue that the handling of Latino gangs in the 60’s has been unacceptable, and the practices and policies of the police force, and the freedoms available to the police in handling arrested members has only made problems worse. Rapid globalization in the decades since has given gang culture a new angle, giving it a popularity that is giving people more reasons to become gang members than before. There is no surprise then that gangs are still the number one problem for law enforcement in Los Angeles, since the social status of being in a gang, and the stereotypes and exaggeration that the modern media have introduced are jading the public’s perception of gang culture and gang members, forcing them down a cultural route that they cannot return from. This is one of the biggest problems facing America, majorly because the crime and violence resulting is getting harder to tackle because of this.