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The Happiest Place on Earth: Orange County's Suburban Identity in Cold War America

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Abstract

This thesis explores the question of how Orange County and Los Angeles counties formed distinct identities in the years after World War II ended. This thesis will claim that historical events in the postwar years created unique communities in the two counties that allowed Orange County to develop its own identity, separate from the assumption that it is a suburb of Los Angeles. The creation and opening of Disneyland in Anaheim, California in 1955 marks a pivotal turning point for the forming of identity in Orange County. Additionally, the growing conservative movement in Orange County is necessarily different from the climate in urban Los Angeles. The movement in support of republican candidate Barry Goldwater in Orange County in 1964, specifically contrasted with the presence of a race riot in Los Angeles in 1965 concretely distinguishes the identities of the two counties. The event of the Riot simply could not have occurred in the homogenous community in suburban Orange County by 1965, solidifying the unique identity of Orange County.

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Administrative Notes

The author has given permission for this work to be deposited in the Digital Archive of Colorado College.

Colorado College Honor Code upheld.

Copyright
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Publisher
Colorado College
PID
coccc:11179
Digital Origin
born digital
Extent
83 pages : illustrations
Thesis
Senior Thesis -- Colorado College
Department/Program
History
Degree Name
Bachelor of Arts
Degree Type
bachelor
Degree Grantor
Colorado College
Date Issued
2014-12