Prominent local historian and preservationist William Burg has penned a new history of the cultural and political renaissance that followed Sacramento's postwar redevelopment.
In the early 1960s families, businesses and churches of the West End and Japantown were displaced when sections of the old downtown area--considered to be a slum--were bulldozed for commercial development. Those upended reestablished themselves in other neighborhoods that soon nurtured a resurgence in art, music and political activism.
With oral histories and previously unpublished photos, Burg explores the people and groups who characterized the time, such as the beatniks, Oak Park's Black Panthers, Southside Park's ethnic enclaves, Lavender Heights' gay activist George Raya and the Royal Chicano Air Force.
William Burg is author of four books and numerous articles, including Sacramento's K Street: Where our City was Born published last year.
Sacramento Renaissance: Art, Music and Activism in California's Capital City
By William Burg
The History Press
Paperback, 192 pages, 75+ images