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Prompt: Always Running by Luis J. Rodriguez describes the author’s experiences growing up in Los Angeles in the aftermath of the 1965 Watts Uprising, while Your House Will Pay is a contemporary story about the legacy of the 1992 Los Angeles Riots. In both narratives, the city of Los Angeles, with its own history, challenges, and demographics, is a driving force in the lives of the central characters. Compare and contrast the ways in which Los Angeles is depicted in these two books by using concrete examples from the text. What are their similarities and differences? How does each narrative help us understand the “urban crisis” that engulfed L.A. between 1965 and 1992? How does each book, in its own way, make the case for the ongoing need for social justice in Los Angeles?
1. page numbers from the book as sources (3-4) quotes from each book