‘GRASP OF WAR’ SPEECH, by Richard Henry Dana, Jr., June 21, 1865 — featuring images from, ‘TWO YEARS BEFORE THE MAST,’ 1840

"Now, we have got to choose between two results. With these four millions of negroes, either you must have four millions of disfranchised, disarmed, untaught, landless, thriftless, non-producing, non-consuming, degraded men, or else you must have four millions of land-holding, industrious, arms-bearing, and voting population. [Loud applause.] Choose between these two!"


"Up Aliso St. by the forgotten spot where the giant sycamores of the Vignes Ranch once flourished the party proceeded past gas plants, iron foundries, laundries, junk yards and the Union Station. People of 50 different races... gazed at the strange little group in its boots, tunics and feathered hats, carrying the red and yellow standard of imperial Spain."

CAN THE L.A. RIVER BE SAVED? by Mike Davis, 1989

"Lewis Macadams points toward the ancient smokestack of the Edison Electric Plant. Thick grids of trackage, classification and storage yards, lumber and produce depots, breweries, foundries, and slum housing. Sixty thousand blue-collar workers and their families were crowded in the stretch of downtown between the river and Alameda Street from Elysian Park to Washington Boulevard."