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Watts Rebellion Collection
SPC.2019.010  
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Description
This collection contains material related to the Watts Rebellion, the Watts neighborhood, Los Angeles during 1965, the 1992 Los Angeles riots, and also includes material regarding race, rioting, civil rights, activism, and poverty. A majority of this collection consists of newspaper and magazine articles; and also includes photographs, reports, and other material.
Background
The Watts Rebellion, also known as the Watts riots, took place from August 11-17, 1965 in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles, California. At the time, it was the worst riot in the city's history until the Los Angeles riots of 1992. The riots started after an incident that took place on August 11, 1965 when Marquette Frye was pulled over and arrested for alleged reckless driving by a California Highway Patrol Officer. After Frye's arrest, tensions rose and the situation escalated between officers and the crowd that had gathered. Six days of civil unrest followed resulting in 34 deaths; 1,032 injuries; 3,438 arrests; and cost more than $40 million dollars in property damage.
Extent
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Restrictions
All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Director of Archives and Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical materials and not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.
Availability
There are no access restrictions on this collection.