Black San Francisco: The Struggle for Racial Equality in the West, 1900-1954

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When it came to racial equality in the early twentieth century, Albert S. Broussard argues, the liberal, progressive image of San Francisco was largely a facade. In this book, he challenges the rhetoric of progress and opportunity with evidence of the reality of inequality and shows how black San Franciscans struggled for equality in the same manner as their counterparts in the Midwest and East. Understanding the texture of the racial caste system in the city prior to 1954, he contends, is critical to ...
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When it came to racial equality in the early twentieth century, Albert S. Broussard argues, the liberal, progressive image of San Francisco was largely a facade. In this book, he challenges the rhetoric of progress and opportunity with evidence of the reality of inequality and shows how black San Franciscans struggled for equality in the same manner as their counterparts in the Midwest and East. Understanding the texture of the racial caste system in the city prior to 1954, he contends, is critical to understanding why blacks made so little progress in employment, housing, and politics despite the absence of segregation laws. Reconstructing the plight of San Francisco's black citizens, Broussard reveals a population that, despite its small size before 1940, did not accept second-class citizenship passively yet remained nonviolent into the 1960s. He also shows how World War II and the defense industry brought thousands of southern black migrants to the bay area. Ultimately, he demonstrates, these newcomers and native black residents formed coalitions with white liberals to attack racial inequality more vigorously and successfully than at any previous time in San Francisco's history.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780700605774
  • Publisher: University Press of Kansas
  • Publication date: 4/1/1993
  • Pages: 336

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
Pt. 1 The Evolution and Shaping of San Francisco's Black Community, 1900-1940
1 The Growth and Development of San Francisco's Black Community; 1900-1930 11
2 Employment and Enterprise, 1900-1930 38
3 Class, Status, and Social Life 59
4 Protest Organizations, 1915-1930 75
5 Politics, Protest, and Race Relations, 1920-1940 92
6 The Worst of Times: Blacks during the Great Depression and the New Deal, 1930-1940 113
Pt. 2 The Great Divide: World War II and Its Aftermath, 1940-1954
7 The Growth of Black San Francisco, 1940-1945 133
8 World War II, Fair Employment, Discrimination, and Black Opportunity 143
9 Wartime Tensions and the Struggle for Housing 166
10 World War II and the New Black Leadership 180
11 The Growth and Flowering of Interracial Organizations 193
12 Postwar Employment: Gains and Losses 205
13 The Maturation of Black San Francisco: Housing, Autonomy, and Politics 221
Epilogue: The Dream and the Reality 239
Notes 247
Index 317
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