April 25, 2017. The Gay Rights Movement & Harvey Milk in San Francisco

April 27, 2017. 1992 Los Angeles Riots, O.J. Simpson, & the Racial Legacy of USC in the West

  • *N.W.A. “Fuck tha Police” and “Straight Outta Compton” (1988) [Warning: Explicit]
  • *Rodney King Beating & 1992 LA Riots 
  • *Smithsonian Lost Tapes of LA Riots [Watch on link]
  • *Nirvana, “Smells Like Teen Spirit”
  • *Magic Johnson AIDS Special, 1992 Clip

Documentaries I recommend currently on Netflix & Hulu: 

California and the Long LGBT Movement 

Los Angeles in the Era of Rodney & Riots 

Weekly Assignment 

  1. Submit Santa Anita revisions via e-mail including your bio, overall project title, individual project title, a mini explanation of your segment to orient the reader (this can be a few sentences), and insight related to desired order of features.
  2. Historians do not yet have a consensus on how the events that took place in the 1980s or 1990s shaped the American past. From this archival footage, what can you glean about this era? What arguments would you make? How does it relate or differ from the world you inhabit in 2017?
Dr. Rhae Lynn Barnes is a member of the Society of Fellows at USC and Assistant Professor of American Cultural History at Princeton (beginning 2018). She earned her Ph.D. at Harvard University and B.A. at U.C. Berkeley. She is the co-founder of U.S. History Scene.
  • Moises Cortes

    After seeing some of the archival footage, it tells me the West was wild. Race riot in LA, races in conflict, infamous murder trial, health viruses, music to discuss police injustice. Nothing uncommon to the West. From the beginning on the course, races were at each other’s faces. Spanish/European with the Native Americans. White and Black tensions continuing in one form or another. Authority agencies abusing power. Argument that his makes is that progress comes at a cost, and it is evident in the West where it is more openly seen. It relates to today because California continues to be one of the biggest pioneering forces for change and progress. And with Donald Trump as president, California as a whole (as well as other cities and states) are resistant and resilient.