American Babylon: Race and the Struggle for Postwar Oakland / Edition 1

American Babylon: Race and the Struggle for Postwar Oakland / Edition 1

by Robert O. Self
     
 

"American Babylon traces the dialectic of suburbanization and black power in my hometown of Oakland, California. Encapsulating the postwar history of hundreds of mid-sized American cities, Robert Self's original and fascinating case study historicizes city-suburb racial segregation as a creation within living memory. We cannot heal or make sense of the

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"American Babylon traces the dialectic of suburbanization and black power in my hometown of Oakland, California. Encapsulating the postwar history of hundreds of mid-sized American cities, Robert Self's original and fascinating case study historicizes city-suburb racial segregation as a creation within living memory. We cannot heal or make sense of the nation we live in now without American Babylon."—Nell Irvin Painter, Princeton University, author of Southern History across the Color Line

"American Babylon promises to be one of those rare works that redefines the field. Robert Self brilliantly weaves together histories that are usually told separately: political economy, labor, black community formation, suburbanization, and civil rights. His analysis of the relationship between 'black power' and 'white power' opens up a new way of thinking about race, economics, and politics in modern America."—Thomas J. Sugrue, University of Pennsylvania, author of The Origins of the Urban Crisis

"By grounding his historical narrative in its spatial context, Robert Self offers a new conception of postwar urban history and also of national political history, making it possible to map the relations of social and political power. He has moreover broken free of a traditional limitation of urban histories: rather than limit himself to a single municipality, he tells the story of an entire metropolitan region. This very readable book promises to be highly influential in the fields of urban history, postwar political history, and African American and race relations history."—Philip J. Ethington, University of Southern California, author of The Public City

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691124865
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
08/08/2005
Series:
Politics and Society in Twentieth-Century America Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
408
Sales rank:
1,396,817
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.32(h) x 0.97(d)

Table of Contents

Illustrations ix
Acknowledgments xi
Abbreviations xv
Introduction 1
PART I: URBAN AND SUBURBAN POLITICS AND THE CALIFORNIA DREAM, 1945-1964 21
1. Industrial Garden 23
2. Working Class 61
3. Tax Dollar 96
PART II: RACE, URBAN TRANSFORMATION, AND THE STRUGGLE AGAINST SEGREGATION, 1954-1966 133
4. Redistribution 135
5. Opportunity Politics 177
PART III: BLACK LIBERATION AND SUBURBAN REVOLT, 1964-1978 215
6. Black Power 217
7. White Noose 256
8. Babylon 291
Conclusion 328
Appendix: Population, Housing, and Taxes 335
Notes 339
Index 379

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