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LOST LA: Coded Geographies

Los Angeles HOLC map
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Stream now or tune in Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020 at 11 p.m. on KPBS TV

What if the stories Los Angeles told about itself relegated you to the margins?

This episode explores two underground guidebooks - "The Negro Travelers' Green Book" and "The Address Book" - that reveal the hidden geographies many Angelenos had to navigate, exposing Los Angeles as a place of coded segregation and resistance.



LOST LA brings Southern California history to life by marrying archival materials from the L.A. as Subject research alliance with innovative forms of documentary storytelling. Hosted by public historian Nathan Masters of USC Libraries, each episode of LOST LA brings the primary sources of Los Angeles history to the screen in surprising new ways. Much of L.A.’s past is lost to history – but through the region’s archives we can rediscover a forgotten LA that preceded the arrival of Anglo settlers and learn how it transformed so quickly into a sprawling, culturally diverse metropolis.

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