The Second Gold Rush: Oakland and the East Bay in World War II / Edition 1

The Second Gold Rush: Oakland and the East Bay in World War II / Edition 1

by Marilynn S. Johnson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520207017

ISBN-13: 9780520207011

Pub. Date: 12/29/1996

Publisher: University of California Press

More than any event in the twentieth century World War II marked the coming of age of America's West Coast cities. Almost overnight, new war industries prompted mass urban migration and development, producing social, cultural, and political changes that would persist well beyond 1945. For the San Francisco Bay Area, Marilynn S. Johnson argues, World War II was to the…  See more details below

Overview

More than any event in the twentieth century World War II marked the coming of age of America's West Coast cities. Almost overnight, new war industries prompted mass urban migration and development, producing social, cultural, and political changes that would persist well beyond 1945. For the San Francisco Bay Area, Marilynn S. Johnson argues, World War II was to the twentieth century what the gold rush was to the nineteenth. Focusing on Oakland, Richmond, and other shipyard boomtowns in the East Bay, The Second Gold Rush chronicles the defense buildup, labor migration from the South and Midwest, the development of federal migrant communities, and the social and racial conflicts that pitted newcomers against longtime Bay Area residents. Johnson follows this story into the postwar era, showing how struggles between conservative and liberal forces over employment, housing, and civil rights shaped the urban political landscape into the 1950s and beyond. Tracing the cultural legacy of war migration, she also explains how Southern religion and music became an integral part of Bay Area life. Urban historians have paid surprisingly little attention to World War II and the social and cultural transformation of wartime cities. In The Second Gold Rush, Johnson places the human drama of the war at center stage, recreating the texture of daily life in the workplace, the home, and the community.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520207011
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
12/29/1996
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction1
1Prelude to War13
2The Second Gold Rush30
3Wartime Shipyards and the Transformation of Labor60
4The Making of Migrant Ghettos83
5Migrant Families and Communities113
6Boomtowns and the Control of Urban Space143
7Mobilizing Politics185
8Boomtown Blues209
Conclusion235
Notes241
Bibliography281
Index295

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