Black San Francisco: The Struggle for Racial Equality in the West,1900-1954 / Edition 1

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"This book offers two important additions to the literature on civil rights issues. First, it is one of the few treatments of that topic in the twentieth-century West.Second, it especially deals with civil rights as an activity during and immediately after World War II. Too many works on this topic assume a Southern framework and suggest a virtual dearth of civil rights activity until the Brown case in 1954, thus ignoring the quiet but not insignificant activities in Northern and Western cities during the 1940s and 50s."—Lawrence B de Graaf, author of "California Blacks" in A Guide to the History of California

"A significant addition to the important new scholarship on black community building prior to the modern civil rights movement. This insightful study demolishes the myth of white liberal progressivism in the city by the bay."—Darlene Clark Hine, author of The State of Afro-American History: Past, Present, and Future

"Poses a major challenge to most of our theoretical assumptions concerning African American urban community development. A stellar example of the nexus of urban, western, and African American history."—Quintard Taylor, University of Oregon

Author Biography: Albert S. Broussard is associate professor of history at Texas A & M University and author of African-American Odyssey: The Stewarts, 1853-1963, also published by the University Press of Kansas.

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Nevada Historical Society Quarterly
Indispensable to our understanding of San Francisco history.
San Francisco Chronicle
A welcome addition to the growing body of literature on African American history in the Bay Area and the West.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780700606849
  • Publisher: University Press of Kansas
  • Publication date: 4/28/1993
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 7.12 (w) x 8.86 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

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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