The Streets of San Francisco

Policing and the Creation of a Cosmopolitan Liberal Politics, 1950-1972
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How did San Francisco’s liberals reconcile their desire for "law and order" with the cultural dynamics of the 1950s and '60s?  Historian Christopher Lowen Agee will discuss the crucial role the San Francisco Police Department played during the city’s postwar shift in liberalism.

Agee will report on street-level interactions between police and various residents including African American gang leaders, gay and lesbian bar owners, Haight-Ashbury hippies, artists who created sexually explicit works, and Chinese American entrepreneurs.

The California native is assistant professor in the history department at the University of Colorado Denver. His talk sets the stage for the San Francisco depicted in the library's One City One Book selection, Tales of the City.

A book sale of the Streets of San Francisco and signing will follow the talk. Book sales by Readers Bookstore.  Image: Ralph Crane/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images.

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One City One Book is San Francisco's citywide book club.
In 2014, we're reading Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin.
Find out more at: One City One Book.

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