Coming Soon: Sacramento Renaissance

July 23, 2013

Books, California, New Titles

History Press West is thrilled to announce a new Sacramento title on the horizon from local historian William Burg:

Touted as progress, postwar redevelopment spawned a new age in Sacramento, California. As city planners designated areas of urban blight and directed bulldozers to make way for commercial districts and pedestrian malls, the churches, jazz clubs and family homes of the West End and Japantown were upended and residents scattered. Displaced families and businesses reestablished themselves and redefined their communities around new cultural centers.

In the shadow of redevelopment, jazz musicians, funk artists and civil rights activists created a cultural renaissance.

Sacramento Renaissance: Art, Music & Activism in California's Capital City by William Burg

Historian William Burg weaves oral histories with previously unpublished photographs to chronicle the resurgence of Sacramento’s art, music and activism in the wake of redevelopment. Celebrate the individuals and organizations who defined an era: the beatniks and Black Panthers of Oak Park, Southside Park’s “League of Nations,” George Raya of Lavender Heights and the Royal Chicano Air Force in Alkali Flat.

Sacramento Renaissance: Art, Music & Activism in California’s Capital City by William Burg will be available from the History Press and Sacramento-area bookshops August 2013.

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