L.A. City Limits: African American Los Angeles from the Great Depression to the Present / Edition 1

L.A. City Limits: African American Los Angeles from the Great Depression to the Present / Edition 1

by Josh Sides
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520248309

ISBN-13: 9780520248304

Pub. Date: 06/12/2006

Publisher: University of California Press

In 1964 an Urban League survey ranked Los Angeles as the most desirable city for African Americans to live in. In 1965 the city burst into flames during one of the worst race riots in the nation's history. How the city came to such a pass—embodying both the best and worst of what urban America offered black migrants from the South—is the story told for

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In 1964 an Urban League survey ranked Los Angeles as the most desirable city for African Americans to live in. In 1965 the city burst into flames during one of the worst race riots in the nation's history. How the city came to such a pass—embodying both the best and worst of what urban America offered black migrants from the South—is the story told for the first time in this history of modern black Los Angeles. A clear-eyed and compelling look at black struggles for equality in L.A.'s neighborhoods, schools, and workplaces from the Great Depression to our day, L.A. City Limits critically refocuses the ongoing debate about the origins of America's racial and urban crisis.
Challenging previous analysts' near-exclusive focus on northern "rust-belt" cities devastated by de-industrialization, Josh Sides asserts that the cities to which black southerners migrated profoundly affected how they fared. He shows how L.A.'s diverse racial composition, dispersive geography, and dynamic postwar economy often created opportunities—and limits—quite different from those encountered by blacks in the urban North.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520248304
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
06/12/2006
Series:
George Gund Foundation Imprint in Africa
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
303
Sales rank:
685,612
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction1
1African Americans in Prewar Los Angeles11
2The Great Migration and the Changing Face of Los Angeles36
3The Window of Opportunity: Black Work in Industrial Los Angeles, 1941-196457
4Race and Housing in Postwar Los Angeles95
5Building the Civil Rights Movement in Los Angeles131
6Black Community Transformation in the 1960s and 1970s169
Epilogue199
Maps: The Historical Geography of African American Los Angeles209
Notes217
Bibliography255
Index279

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