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Virtual Book Club - Stealing Home

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Tue, April 06, 2021
06:30PM - 08:30PM
Zoom event, Sacramento CA 95818
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Barbara Lemus, '76

In Stealing Home: Los Angeles, the Dodgers, and the Lives Caught in Between Eric Nusbaum recounts the story of Dodger Stadium and how it came to be. The story goes far beyond baseball. The hills that cradle the stadium were once home to three vibrant Mexican American communities. In the early 1950s, those communities were condemned to make way for a utopian public housing project.

Then, in a remarkable turn, public housing in the city was defeated amidst a Red Scare conspiracy.  Instead of getting their homes back, the remaining residents saw the city sell their land to Walter O'Malley, the owner of the Brooklyn Dodgers. Now LA would be getting a different sort of utopian fantasy -- a glittering, ultra-modern stadium. But before Dodger Stadium could be built, the city would have to face down the neighborhood's families -- including one, the Aréchigas, who refused to yield their home. The ensuing confrontation, the Battle of Chavez Ravine, captivated the nation - and the divisive outcome still echoes through Los Angeles today.

Join us for a lively discussion and connect with other alums!  Become a regular member or drop in as your schedule allows. Stanford alumni, students and their guests are welcome to participate.

The event is limited to Stanford Alumni/Students.

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Virtual Book Club - Stealing Home
Tuesday, April 06, 2021 @ 6:30 PM

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