Autobiography of a Los Angeles Newspaperman 1874-1900
Written by: William Andrew Spalding
Edited by: Robert V. Hine
Category: Western History
Format: Paperback, 180 pages, 6 x 9 1/4 inches, 5 b/w illustrations
Release Date: 2007-08-15
About this Book
As a young man barely in his twenties, William Andrew Spalding arrived in Los Angeles in 1874 and obtained his first job on the Herald by writing an editorial on the dilapidated state of the Plaza. From that date to 1900 his life was intimately associated with the newspapers of his city—the Express and the Times, as well as the Herald—and he worked in almost every capacity for them: reporter, business manager, and editor.
Spalding worked for the Times during its formative years when Harrison Gray Otis, the champion of conservatism, fought organized labor, and Spalding helped the Times through its initial great fight, the "big strike" of 1890. His strong sense of justice and social responsibility led him repeatedly into political reforms and moved him to organize, with others, the Orange Growers' Union, which later became the California Fruit Growers Exchange—better known as Sunkist Growers. Spalding's colorful autobiography, first published in 1961, provides a valuable account of Los Angeles journalism—and Los Angeles history—during a formative period.
About the Author
William Andrew Spalding (1852-1941) was one of Los Angeles's most prominent journalists during the late nineteenth century.
Reviews of Autobiography of a Los Angeles Newspaperman 1874-1900:
"Spalding was in a position to participate in, as well as observe, one of the most exciting decades in Los Angeles's history."—Southern California Historical Society Quarterly
"Spalding was a rugged individual in a period of rugged individualism."—Pacific Historical Review
Also of interest: Charles F. Lummis, Editor of the Southwest by Edwin R. Bingham.