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Sean McLynn

I'm a graduate student at CSU Northridge and am currently working toward my Thesis. I was interested in finding readings pertaining to the era in which Echo Park was labeled 'Red Hill'. I was also interested in the earlier movie days of Edendale. Any recomendations would be greatly appreciated.

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Hello.  To find out more about Edendale, here are some books we can recommend:

 Keystone: the Life & Clowns of Mack Sennett
Author: Simon Louvish
Description: A biography of Silent Film director and producer Mack Sennett, who is regarded by many as the father of American slap-stick comedy. Sennett’s former studio in the Edendale section of Echo Park is a city cultural historic monument.
Silent Stars by Jeanine Basinger
Description: This book devotes a chapter to Edendale’s Mack Sennett and one of his biggest stars, Mabel Normand.
We have not done much research on Red Hill (also called Red Gulch). The Silverlake Film Festival featured a “Red Panel” on the subject. Here is a list of the panelists. Unfortunately, we don’t know how to reach these folks:
"Panelists include: Tony Kahn, Tina Ritt and Becca Wilson (daughter of screenwriter of SALT OF THE EARTH)."
Please let us know if you find any additional information about Red Hill or Red Gulch.  



Emily H
You might want to check out Stuart Timmons, The Trouble With Harry Hay (1990). This is a biography of Harry Hay, an early gay rights activist who lived in Silver Lake. The writing is pretty over the top in this book but I recommend taking a look for the references to the Red Hills. Hay was a CP member from about 1938 through 1951 (he resigned after he came out publicly as homosexual- in order to protect the Party from scandal). He lived on Cove Ave in Silver Lake during that time and his (and his then wife's) house was a site of many CP and fellow-traveler meetings, as well as the site of the founding of the Mattachine Society, an early gay rights organization.

The Southern California Library for Social Studies and Research might have resources for you as well. It's a terrific archive of progressive activism on Vermont Ave in South LA.
Jenny Burman
Daniel Hurewitz's "Bohemian Los Angeles," just published by UC Press has a long chapter on Communists and fellow travelers in Edendale.
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