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Published: 15 August 2013

432 Pages | 20 halftone illustrations


ISBN: 9780199944576

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The Contested Murder of Latasha Harlins

Justice, Gender, and the Origins of the LA Riots

Brenda Stevenson

  • Uses a deeply researched human interest story to explore the worst civil disturbance in modern American history
  • Focuses on the death of 15-year old Latasha Harlins, not the LAPD's attack on Rodney King, as a key spark that ignited the LA Riots
  • Through the stories of three individuals, Stevenson weaves together a rich history of modern Los Angeles that deals with race, class, gender and immigration